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F1 rivals split

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas — Ferrari's chief opponents in this year's fight for the Formula One drivers' championship had no serious objections to the Italians' pragmatic decision to incur a deliberate gearbox penalty for Felipe Massa ahead of Sunday's US Grand Prix.

Briton Lewis Hamilton won the race for McLaren ahead of defending champion and current series leader Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull with Fernando Alonso finishing third for Ferrari, thanks largely to starting from seventh on the grid after qualifying ninth.

His promotion was due to the five-place grid penalties given to Frenchman Romain Grosjean of Lotus and, on Sunday morning, Brazilian Massa for gearbox irregularities — in the latter's case a deliberate breaking of his gearbox seal to incur a penalty.