Charles Leclerc’s Italian GP ‘yellow card’ explained by F1 race director
FIA race director Michael Masi has explained Charles Leclerc was issued with Lewis Hamilton in the Italian GP with F1’s equivalent of the’ card’ rather than a penalty in his struggle.
As Hamilton cranked up the pressure on the Ferrari driver midway the Mercedes driver went round the area but was squeezed wide and attacked into the next chicane of Monza.
Race Control revealed Leclerc a flag – that the warning to’unsportsmanlike behavior’ – rather than just about any time punishment, as might have happened in the past.
Analysing the episode on the SkyPad using Sky Sports F1’s Anthony Davidson after the race, Masi said:”The rules stay with regards to a car’s width of room.
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“It’s very clear here that Charles has squeezed Lewis as well as consistent with that which occurred last weekend in Spa together with Pierre Gasly, because it had been the bad sportsmanship flag, along with the black-and-white flag, that was displayed to Automobile 16 for the move and the squeeze from the cruising area.”
Though the black-and-flag has been in use and available across motorsport, Masi says it will now be issued more often as means of a warning to motorists.
“For small infringements which are, let us call ita’professional foul’ but don’t go beyond the line, we will be completely employing the flag more and longer,” he said.
“It’s an indication to everyone that the motorist’s on notice because you only get one for your own race. In the event you do it again, the drivers have all been advised that any other infraction will be known to the stewards.”
Why the shift in strategy?
Amid long distance calls to permit motorists to race openly with no penalties being implemented, in situations that are wheel-to-wheel, Masi says drivers and teams have helped formed the revised approach and plans for greater use of the’yellow card’.
“If there was resulting contact [in the Leclerc and Hamilton incident] we would have looked at it in a bit more detail, however effectively under the’let’s race doctrine’ the groups, the F1 Group, both the drivers and the FIA have worked collectively on during the year, and giving the teams the advice at the previous occasion in Spa, we’ll be using the black and white flag more often – at their request I must state,” additional Masi.
“And that was a prime incident where everyone continuedblack and white flag, motorsport’s version of the yellow card”
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