Lance Stroll has been given a three-place grid penalty for the Australian Grand Prix for causing a collision with Nicholas Latifi during qualifying.
The stewards held Stroll responsible for the collision at the end of Q1, which tore the left-rear wheel off Latifi’s car and triggered a substantial crash. They accused him of showing a lack of awareness by pulling to the right as he was being passed by Latifi, who he had overtaken moments earlier.
“[Latifi] pulled off course to the left and slowed at the exit of turn four to let cars by, the last of which was [Stroll],” the stewards explained.
“At the exit of turn five, Stroll appeared to not accelerate and was in the middle of the track. Latifi made the decision to accelerate and pass Stroll on the right as Stroll was moving right toward the right-hand edge of the track where the track curves slightly to the right on the run to turn six.
“Contact was made between Stroll’s right-front wheel and Latifi’s left-rear wheel, with the subsequent damage putting both cars out of the session. The stewards find that Stroll was predominantly to blame for the collision because of his lack of situational awareness of Latifi’s passing manoeuvre.”
Stroll was also given two penalty points on his licence. He now has a total of seven.
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