Fake news in F1

The Vettel penalty has created a new phenomenon in Formula 1 – a fake FIA ruling. This was sent to me by someone within the FIA asking me why I had not mentioned that Vettel had been docked his points from Baku. I replied with the actual press release. The instant conclusion was that the decision had been overruled, but I saw the same document a few hours ago and concluded at the time that it could not be trusted because the style looked wrong and there were clear signs in its appearance that it might have been cobbled together by a forger, notably the slight shading around the words.

But why on earth would someone want to produce a fake FIA decision? And what possible value does this have? A bit of a laugh? I will leave you to decide on that one.

Here it is: