After the primary qualifying section on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez had been suspended following Lance Stroll’s heavy crash on the Peraltada halfway by way of Q1, the remaining vehicles started to queue on the finish of the pitlane when the close to half-hour stoppage was about to finish.
The queue featured the 2 Haas vehicles stopped within the quick lane in entrance of the Williams storage, with Russell and Latifi then pulling out to sit down beside and pointing in the direction of their rivals earlier than the pitlane exit mild went inexperienced and Q1 resumed.
When it did, Latifi moved in entrance of Nikita Mazepin and Russell was partway alongside the Russian driver too as they accelerated out of the pitlane, earlier than the soon-to-be Mercedes driver slotted in behind him.
It was introduced after Q1 had completed that the stewards would examine the Williams pair over a potential breach of Article 28.7 of F1’s sporting guidelines, which states: “Any automotive(s) pushed to the tip of the pitlane previous to the beginning or re-start of a follow session should kind up in a line within the quick lane and depart within the order they acquired there except one other automotive is unduly delayed.”
However the stewards determined that they “settle for the staff’s rationalization that, except they’re first to maneuver to the quick lane, the positioning of their garages that are situated on the finish of the pitlane makes it inconceivable for his or her vehicles to affix the tip of the road of vehicles already there”, per the FIA paperwork asserting neither driver can be sanctioned.
The doc additionally acknowledged that stewards “additionally settle for that it’s troublesome for the driving force, having moved out of his storage, to find out precisely the place he ought to filter into the road of vehicles as soon as they begin to depart the pitlane”.
Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B
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A number of F1 qualifying periods have been disrupted this season alone and Williams’ storage is all the time positioned close to the pitlane exit mild as results of its final place end within the 2020 constructors’ championship.
Dave Robson, Williams’ head of auto efficiency, stated this difficulty had been mentioned amongst F1 staff sporting managers after the Turkish GP.
“It was subsequently mentioned by the staff managers and there isn’t actually anything you would do,” Robson stated when requested by Autosport what else Williams is meant to do in such a state of affairs given its common storage place.
“Therefore why we’re a bit bit baffled that we now have to go and see the stewards.”
Robson added that Williams was “not totally positive why it’s such a difficulty”.
“The foundations are that it’s important to depart the pitlane within the order that you just acquired there,” he stated.
“Clearly when there’s a queue within the quick lane, they’re blocking our approach and it’s a bit awkward to get out.
“However I feel what we did was the most effective we may do and the protected and proper factor to do.”
Individually, Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen has been reprimanded for crossing and recrossing the pitlane entry line after coming throughout the aftermath of Stroll’s crash after which occurring to do an additional lap with the crimson flags flying on the finish of his personal first flying lap in Q1.
Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41
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Raikkonen stated the incident was “just about the identical as in Austria [last] yr”, the place he was approaching the pit entry on the Pink Bull Ring when Q1 was suspended after his team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi crashed and dropped particles on the pit straight.
“[Again] I used to be form of on the pit entry on my quick lap when the sunshine got here on,” Raikkonen continued.
“Generally they get upset in the event you do not attempt to go there. After which I assumed I might go over the road simply to make it extra clear, however I made a decision to return.”
Raikkonen was additionally reprimanded on Friday – his first of the season – for not going to the left of the bollard behind Flip 2 after going off at Flip 1 throughout FP1, as was Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.