Formula One: 10-second penalty drops Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to 5th in Mexico

Sebastian Vettel getting prepared during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix practice session at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit, in Mexico City, on Oct 29, 2016.
Sebastian Vettel getting prepared during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix practice session at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit, in Mexico City, on Oct 29, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

MEXICO CITY (AFP/REUTERS) - Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who crossed the line in third in Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix, was penalised 10 points and dropped to fifth place, race officials said.

The move promotes Australian Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo to third place.

The sanction for erratic or dangerous driving also meant that Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who finished third on the track but was demoted to fifth after the race, moved back up to fourth.

The race was won by Mercedes' triple world champion Lewis Hamilton, ahead of German team- mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg.