Maverick Vinales given ‘Official Warning’ for tyre pressure
The Spaniard will maintain his second place position, even though he received an official warning, as the punishment for a first offense is only a warning. In order to be penalized again, Vinales would need to be found to have pressure below the minimum specified by Michelin for a significant portion of a race. A second offense would result in a 3-second time penalty, followed by 6 and 12-second penalties for subsequent offenses. Vinales likely experienced the pressure issue because starting in the third position, without Bagnaia, he unexpectedly led the race for a significant portion. This likely caused his tire pressure to remain lower than if he had been following other racers. However, if Vinales had initially started with higher pressure and then got caught behind other racers, he would have faced a lack of grip due to exceeding the minimum pressure.