Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, Circuit of the Americas, 2018

Hartley penalised, Ocon cleared, Stroll under investigation

2018 Mexican Grand Prix

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Lance Stroll is under investigation for a possible breach of the pit lane rules in the Mexican Grand Prix.

A Williams representative has been summoned to the stewards after the team was accused of releasing Stroll’s car from the pits in an unsafe fashion.

The stewards also confirmed Brendon Hartley has been given two penalty points for his collision with Esteban Ocon during the race. The Toro Rosso driver, who is now on a total of six penalty points for the current 12-month period, was given a five-second time penalty for the incident.

The stewards deemed Hartley was “wholly to blame for the collision” because he failed to leave sufficient room” for Ocon.

The stewards took no action against Ocon for his role in an incident with Hartley’s team mate Pierre Gasly. The Toro Rosso driver accused Ocon of forcing him wide at turn four, but the stewards ruled Gasly went wide because he made a mistake.

“Approaching turn four, car 10 (Gasly) moved to the right to commence a pass on car 31 (Ocon),” they noted. “Car 31 also moved to the right but left a full car’s width to the edge of the track. Both cars appeared to brake late for the corner and the Stewards observed that car 10 locked up his left front brake and understeered off the track.”

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  • 12 comments on “Hartley penalised, Ocon cleared, Stroll under investigation”

    1. Feels weird not to read Grosjean’s here

      1. Grosjean decided to run last to avoid any penalties.

        1. @OOliver I see what you did there, LOL.

    2. Grosjean is saving his strength for when he gets that Ferrari call.

      1. Haha. The only call he’ll ever get from Ferrari will be “please let Vettel lap you without holding him up.”

    3. End of the road for Brendon? i dont see STR retaining him now, irrespective of what happens in the last two races.

      1. I say “yes”, @webtel
        It was already unlikely BUT after going against team and team-mate because of the Austin race and doing nothing special here, there’s practically no chance he’ll stay.
        Question is, who Toro Rosso will hire?

        1. @bakano: How about Pascal ?

          1. @webtel it does seem a viable option. He will no longer be associated with Mercedes after this year.
            I am personally not convinced by him but he is an experienced guy and I guess he has the super-license points.

    4. I think it’s a bit unfair to suggest MS is only better by stats.
      As much as I disliked Schumacher in his Ferrari days and some questionable tactics throughout his career I was still always amazed by his talent – he was better than Alonso and Raikkonen and Hakinen – it was always him vs someone else for the title when he was in F1 (ok not his last stint).

      Hamilton is amazing – as good as MS – not sure anyone will be as good all round as he was at his peak. But no doubt Senna, Hamilton, Fangio, and MS are the greatest drivers we have ever had (you could add Clarke,Prost, Stewart, and many others but I’ve read the books watched the films and the 1st 4 is where the emotion, elation and unbelievable things have happened)

      1. @Racing dave A wrong article.

    5. “I’m sorry for Esteban but I deserve it”

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