May 19, 2022

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Jose Carlos de Celis

Leclerc, author of The Australian Pole

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After completing the classification 2022 F1 Australian Grand PrixThe FIA ​​announced a series of decisions and investigations into problems during qualifying. Among them, investigation The pilot who achieved the pole, Leclerc, To drive “unnecessarily slow” at 4:09pm local time, in the final moments of Q1, when he returns to the pit.

Charles Leclerc The commissioners were summoned for the same reason Guanyu Zhou s Yuki Tsunoda. Chinese pilot Alfa Romeo The owner of the same potential violation was at the same time in the first round of qualifying, while the Japanese from AlphaTauri It was “unnecessarily slow” in the second quarter.

The flight attendant’s document states that the pilot Ferrari He has been called to testify on the “alleged violation of Article 33.4 of the FIA ​​Formula 1 Sports Regulations and breach of the Race Director’s Event 4 Notes, as he was driving unnecessarily slow on a lap at 16:09”.

The article in question states that “at no time shall the vehicle be driven unnecessarily slowly, in an irregular manner, or in a manner that may be considered dangerous to other drivers or any other person.”

In addition to the notes on the events published by the race director Nils Witch They made it clear that drivers should stay below the minimum lap time, which is what Leclerc, Zhou and Tsunoda couldn’t do.

These notes state: “To ensure that cars do not drive unnecessarily slowly on laps during and after qualifying or during poll sessions when the race lane is open, drivers must travel less than the maximum time set by the FIA ​​between the indicated safety car lines. On the pit pass map. The maximum time from the first day of practice will be reported.”

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In similar situations in the past, reprimands were simply given, so the position of the ascended Leclerc is unlikely to be threatened. However, Tsunoda already had two reprimands, so he’d be in even greater trouble if he got another reprimand.

in 2019, Nico HulkenbergAnd Lance’s Outing s Carlos Sainz Received two reprimands for being too slow to rank Italian GPWhile Sergio Perez Post received after free practice in Singapore.

Prior to the three investigations this Saturday, the FIA ​​announced a Three positions sanctioned for Lance Stroll, who is found guilty of the incident with Nicholas Latifi In the closing stages of the first quarter, where both cars were damaged.

Stroll’s penalty kick that finally qualified didn’t change anything, but the latest penalties did, disqualification of Alex Albon Not being able to return to the pits at the end of the first quarter due to running out of fuel. Thus, the Thais, who had already taken three places from penalties for an accident in the previous race and had fallen back to 19th, would now start in last place, with Stroll penultimately.