Nico Hulkenberg, Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz happen to be reprimanded – but escaped grid penalties in the farcical finish. The three drivers were found by stewards to have driven’unnecessarily slowly’ in the start of the out-laps in Q3 and therefore played a”significant part in the banks up of cars in a crucial point” of […]
Nico Hulkenberg, Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz happen to be reprimanded – but escaped grid penalties in the farcical finish.
The three drivers were found by stewards to have driven’unnecessarily slowly’ in the start of the out-laps in Q3 and therefore played a”significant part in the banks up of cars in a crucial point” of qualifying.
Stewards added that they”strongly advise that the FIA expedite an answer to this kind of situation” to prevent a duplicate of the bizarre scenes in the end of qualifying when eight motorists missed out on a final lap time.
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In another but related evaluation, stewards took no action for the Renault driver heading straight on through Monza’s first chicane when he originally took to the track in the pit lane.
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‘One of the silliest things I’ve ever seen in F1′
Monza qualifying – along with – Charles Leclerc’s narrow pole victory for Ferrari over Lewis Hamilton – have been obscured from the events over Q3’s outside lap.
After his first laps in the last shootout and Kimi Raikkonen’s crash, drivers were waiting as long as you can in the pits prior to going out again – looking to use the slipstream at high-speed Monza – however only Sainz and Leclerc, who’d a pole, managed to have around to begin their last laps.
Hulkenberg was the primary driver out of the pits with less than two minutes remaining , ahead of the and Stroll, Sainz Ferraris. But the Renault driver went straight on through the bollards in the Turn One chicane.
Stroll then slowed down to let Sainz through along with the McLaren was subsequently side-by-side together using the Hulkenberg obstructing the track for those .
He finally sped up to lead the area but each other was racing and also to create the line.
With seven drivers timed out of the session for a result – including Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes cars – Sky F1’s Martin Brundle described it as”one of the toughest things I’ve ever seen in F1″.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, caught up in the chaos, stated:”Everyone was just trying to find a bit too smart and it simply encouraged everybody to create a wreck.”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, meanwhile, described the actions of several motorists as”just junior class”.
Hulkenberg escapes chicane sanction
After qualifying to explain why he’d left the trail at the chicane at the start of his closing the Renault driver had been called.
After reviewing video and GPS evidence, stewards stated it wasn’t apparent Hulkenberg had’intentionally’ abandoned the circuit to get an advantage.
‘The driver stated that he focused his attention about the cars that were behind him and that he left it too late to turn the corner he moved forward into the chicane,’ read the verdict.
‘The stewards noted that he entered the corner at the exact identical rate as he did on his previous lap that was quick. He was also in third gear instead of second gear he used on his past out lap.
‘The Stewards notice the regulation refers to”intentionally” leaving the track and in his case we’re unable to determine the motorist deliberately abandoned the track.’
In a further stewards’ evaluation on Saturday night in Monza, stewards ruled that no action was demanded over a cost of gaining an edge and leaving the trail against Vettel.
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