Two drivers have been given penalties for violating track limits at turn two during the race, while a third was cleared.Alexander Albon and Daniel Ricciardo both received five-second time penalties for cutting the corner at turn two without driving through the designated route back onto the circuit.
The pair were also given a single penalty point each on their licences for the infringement. Ricciardo is now on three penalty points, while Albon is on five.
Ricciardo said he “took full responsibility” for his penalty. “I just locked up and went wide and I was like, I’m probably going to get a penalty here.”
He said the penalty “lit a little bit of a fire under my bum” in his fight with Charles Leclerc. “I’d already accepted it in my head and I was like alright well, the only way to eliminate the penalty is to go faster and build a gap to Leclerc behind me.”
“I was proud to not let it get to me,” he said. “And I think we made a really good race of it after that.”
The stewards took mitigating circumstances into account regarding a third driver who went off at the same corner, Romain Grosjean, who was not penalised. The Haas driver was racing with Sebastian Vettel at the time and made contact with one of the barriers as he rejoined the circuit.
“Car eight [Grosjean] left the track at turn two [and] failed to follow the race director’s instruction as defined in the event notes 22.1,” the stewards noted. “But in this case the situation resulted from a racing incident due to the proximity of car five [Vettel] and the driver did all he could to follow the race directors instruction.”
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