Ferrari explains why Sainz and Leclerc escaped F1 Italian GP qualifying sanction

Ferrari explains why Sainz and Leclerc escaped F1 Italian GP qualifying sanction
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Ferrari explains why Sainz and Leclerc escaped F1 Italian GP qualifying sanction

During the qualifying sessions at Monza, F1 drivers were informed that they had to maintain a maximum delta time for all their laps, not just the in-laps. Only under exceptional circumstances would drivers be exempt from committing an offence as recognized by the stewards. The FIA set the maximum allowed time between the safety car lines as 1m41s. Analysis of the lap times in Q1 revealed that both Leclerc and Sainz had very slow out-laps before their final runs, indicating that they likely exceeded the time between the safety car lines. Initially, the FIA stated that both drivers’ actions would be investigated, but after Sainz secured pole position, it was announced that no further action would be taken. Ferrari team principal, Fred Vasseur, explained that the drivers were allowed to exceed the delta time if they slowed down to let other cars pass. Despite the controversy, there is satisfaction with Ferrari’s pole position achievement, although the focus remains on Sunday’s race.

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Source: Autosport.com

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