Jarno Trulli and Sebastian Vettel were among the drivers who complained of being blocked by rivals during yesterday’s qualifying session.
A Red Bull press release criticised Kazuki Nakajima, saying: “the Williams driver messed up Sebastian’s chances of challenging for pole this afternoon.”
Trulli, meanwhile, revealed Toyota were appealing against Fernando Alonso for blocking him in Q3. Trulli was eliminated from qualifying and will start 19th.
Perhaps the stewards have decided there is no case to answer on either of these matters. But as they haven’t issued any statement on either of them it gives the impression that they haven’t bothered to investigate.
I am sure there are plenty of fans of both drivers who would like to know why the complaints of being blocked were not upheld – particularly those who saw the footage on the BBC of Trulli being blocked by Alonso, which looked like a textbook case of ‘impeding’ to me.
I have a growing feeling of unease about the quality of the stewarding at Monaco this weekend. I’ve already written about why I thought Nico Hulkenberg’s penalty in the GP2 feature race was unfair. The F1 drivers have been pre-emptively warned about corner-cutting during the race. I hope we’re not going to have another race spoiled by poor FIA stewarding.