Teams will no longer escape penalties for unsafe releases in the pit lane as Ferrari did in the German Grand Prix, FIA race director Michael Masi has confirmed.Charles Leclerc was released into the path of Romain Grosjean at the Hockenheimring was met with surprise. Previous similar incidents have earned time penalties.
However following a meeting with teams in Hungary, Masi confirmed the time penalties will be reinstated for future races.
“At Thursday’s team managers meeting we had quite a good discussion and it was agreed that from this weekend effectively, forget about what’s happened in the first part of the year, and during a race if there is an adjudged unsafe release then it will be a time penalty. Regardless if there is or is not a sporting advantage.
“So there will be no differentiation and all the teams are quite happy to effectively start from this weekend onwards. All the teams and all team principals were made aware of exactly the same thing.”
Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer said teams “shouldn’t be making those types of decisions” based on whether they would get fined or not.
“I think it deserves a proper sporting penalty because the risks are big and what you don’t want is teams making a financial decision based on a safety risk,” he said.
Prior to the German Grand Prix the stewards had tended to issue time penalties if one car was waved out into the path of another and fines if a car was sent from the pits without its wheels fully attached.
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