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Official 3-Place Grid Penalty for Piastri at Imola

Official: 3-Place Grid Penalty for Piastri at Imola

18/05/2024

Oscar Piastri receives a 3-place grid penalty at Imola for impeding Kevin Magnussen during qualifying, dropping from 2nd to 5th position on the starting grid.

The outcome was quite clear from the footage at the end of Q1: Oscar Piastri significantly impeded Kevin Magnussen and thus received a 3-place grid penalty.

The McLaren F1 driver, who qualified in a strong 2nd place, drops to 5th on the grid. Benefitting from this are Norris, Leclerc, and Sainz, who each gain a position.

“The stewards heard from the driver of car 81 (Oscar Piastri), the driver of car 20 (Kevin Magnussen), team representatives, and had access to all data: positioning/ranking system data, video, telemetry provided by the team, team radio, and onboard video evidence.”

“Piastri was exiting the pits while Magnussen was on a fast lap. Piastri impeded Magnussen at the chicane of Turns 2 and 3. The stewards accepted Piastri’s explanation that, due to the track layout at that point, he couldn’t see Magnussen until it was too late, at which point he attempted to accelerate to move out of Magnussen’s way as quickly as possible.”

“Magnussen acknowledged that it was difficult for drivers to see cars behind them in many sections of the track, including this one.”

“However, the stewards reviewed the team radio and found that Piastri’s team did not warn him of the rapidly approaching car until Magnussen was too close for Piastri to safely avoid impeding. In fact, Piastri was traveling at approximately 140km/h with Magnussen only 40-50 meters behind at that moment, which meant Piastri was in the middle of the chicane when Magnussen caught up to him.”

“Additionally, it was clear that Magnussen was on a fast lap exiting Turn 19. The stewards also reviewed how other drivers were warned of approaching cars much earlier and were able to avoid impeding at Turns 2/3.”

“Managing traffic for slower cars is an extremely important part of the team’s and driver’s job, especially in Q1. In this case, the stewards rule that this was an unnecessary impediment and penalize the driver of car 81 with a 3-place grid penalty.”

Starting Grid for the Emilia-Romagna GP:

Official: 3-Place Grid Penalty for Piastri at Imola
Pos.DriverCarQ1 TimeQ2 TimeQ3 TimePenalty
01Max VerstappenRed Bull Honda RBPT RB201:15.7621:15.1761:14.746
02Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes MCL381:15.9151:15.3711:14.837
03Charles LeclercFerrari SF-241:15.8231:15.3281:14.970
04Carlos SainzFerrari SF-241:16.0151:15.5121:15.233
05Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes MCL381:15.9401:15.4071:14.820+3
06George RussellMercedes W151:16.1071:15.6711:15.234
07Yuki TsunodaRB Honda RBPT VCARB 011:15.8941:15.3581:15.465
08Lewis HamiltonMercedes W151:16.6041:15.6771:15.504
09Daniel RicciardoRB Honda RBPT VCARB 011:16.0601:15.6911:15.674
10Nico HülkenbergHaas Ferrari VF-241:15.8411:15.5691:15.980
11Sergio PérezRed Bull Honda RBPT RB201:16.4041:15.706
12Esteban OconAlpine Renault A5241:16.3611:15.906
13Lance StrollAston Martin Mercedes AMR241:16.4581:15.992
14Alex AlbonWilliams Mercedes FW461:16.5241:16.200
15Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault A5241:16.0151:16.381
16Valtteri BottasStake F1 Kick Sauber C441:16.626
17Guanyu ZhouStake F1 Kick Sauber C441:16.834
18Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari VF-241:16.854
19Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Mercedes AMR241:16.917
20Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes FW46– :—.—

Official: 3-Place Grid Penalty for Piastri at Imola. Official: 3-Place Grid Penalty for Piastri at Imola

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