Vettel penalty was only right - Huelkenberg
Stewards were right to penalise world champion Sebastian Vettel at the German Grand Prix, fellow German driver Nico Huelkenberg said on Monday.
"Sebastian won an advantage, that wasn't right," the Force India driver said Monday. "I can understand the stewards' interpretation."
Red Bull's Vettel was docked 20 seconds after the race, demoting him from second to fifth, after he left the track to overtake McLaren's Jenson Button on the penultimate lap.
Vettel afterwards defended his action, saying he wanted to give Button enough space, but accepted the penalty.
"The only intention was not to crash and to give him enough room. I have respect for him and I didn't want to squeeze him," he said.
Huelkenberg was meanwhile satisfied with his ninth-place finish after starting fifth on the grid following Saturday's qualifying in wet conditions.
"It was always clear it was going to be difficult in dry conditions," he said. "At least I got two points. It would have been nicer being a bit further up."
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso won the race, and Vettel's penalty meant Button was second with Kimi Raikkonen in a Lotus third.
Alonso leads the drivers' championship on 154 points ahead of Red Bull's Mark Webber on 120 and Vettel on 110 going into Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.