Valtteri Bottas avoided a penalty for a ‘jump start’ because the FIA’s official timing data indicated he did not move too soon, according to F1 race director Michael Masi.
Article 36.13 (a) of the sporting regulations states a driver will be considered to have jumped the start if they have “moved before the start signal is given, such judgement being made by an FIA approved and supplied transponder fitted to each car.”
Masi said: “The means by which a false start is determined is actually clearly detailed in the sporting regulations and has been the same process for a number of years. Which is the transponder that’s fitted to each car is the judgement mechanism, and there’s a sensor in the road, in the track as well. And there’s a tolerance within that.”
“As we saw in Japan last year, that [tolerance] is the determining factor,” said Masi. “So there was nothing further to have a look at.
“We spoke to the timekeepers immediately and they reviewed all the data and that was the end of the matter.”
Despite his contentious getaway, Bottas did not make a good start, falling from second place to sixth on the first lap.
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