Charles Leclerc’s Italian GP ‘yellow card’ explained by F1 race director
FIA race director Michael Masi has clarified why Charles Leclerc was issued with Lewis Hamilton from the GP with F1’s equivalent of the’ yellow card’ rather than a penalty in his grasping conflict.
As Hamilton cranked up the pressure midway during the race, the Mercedes driver went across the run-off area but was squeezed broad and attacked into the second chicane of Monza.
Race Control revealed Leclerc a flag – that the warning to’unsportsmanlike behaviour’ – instead of simply just about any time penalty, as may have happened before.
Analysing the incident on the SkyPad with Sky Sports F1’s Anthony Davidson following the race, Masi said:”The rules remain with respect to your vehicle’s width of room.
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“It’s rather obvious here that Charles has squeezed Lewis and, consistent with that which occurred last weekend at Spa together with Pierre Gasly, because it had been the terrible sportsmanship flag, or even so the black-and-white flag, which was exhibited to Auto 16 for the transfer and the squeeze from the cruising area”
Even though the black-and-flag has been in use and accessible round motorsport, Masi says it will be issued as means of a warning.
“For small infringements that are, let us call it, a’professional foul’ but do not go past the line, we will be absolutely using the flag and more,” he explained.
“It’s an indication to everyone that the driver’s on notice since you only get one for your race. In the event you do it again, the drivers have all been advised that any other infraction is going to be known to the stewards.”
Why the change in strategy?
Amid long-term calls to permit drivers to race publicly with no penalties being implemented, in wheel-to-wheel circumstances, Masi states drivers and teams have helped formed the revised strategy and plans for greater use of the’card’.
“If there was ensuing contact [from the Leclerc and Hamilton incident] we’d have looked at it in a little more detail, however efficiently under the’let them race doctrine’ that the groups, the F1 Group, both the drivers and the FIA have worked collectively on throughout the year, and giving the teams the guidance at the last event in Spa, we’ll be using the white and black flag more often – at their request I must state,” additional Masi.
“That has been a prime event where everybody continued, black and white flag, motorsport’s variant of the yellow card.”
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