The Turkish Grand Prix stewards have decided not to penalise Fernando Alonso after an investigation into whether the Alpine driver failed to respect double waved yellow flags during qualifying.Max Verstappen spun ahead of him. He went on to complete his lap time, which is contrary to the race directors’ instructions.
However, the stewards ruled that as his subsequent lap was three-and-a-half seconds faster, Alonso had backed off sufficiently in response to the warning.
“It was evident that the driver fulfilled the requirement of reducing speed significantly after the double yellow flags were displayed and therefore complied with the provisions set out in Art. 2.5.5.b) of the FIA International Sporting Code,” they noted.
“Nonetheless, Note 7.1 of the race director’s event notes require drivers not to set a meaningful lap time in a double yellow flag situation.”
“Taking into account the fact that the yellow flag situation occurred at the time the driver started his first timed lap of the session and noting that the driver was fully convinced that he did not set a meaningful lap time as his next flying lap was approximately 3.5 seconds faster than the one when the yellow flag situation occurred, the stewards are satisfied that the driver complied with the relevant regulations and take no further action.”
At the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier this year, Sebastian Vettel was given a five-second time penalty and three penalty points on his licence after the stewards ruled he had failed to respect double waved yellow flags. However, in this instance he was deemed to have ‘continued trying to set a meaningful lap time’.
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