Aston Martin has succeeded in its protest over the results of the Austrian Grand Prix.
Seven drivers were originally given penalties for straying beyond track limits on at least four occasions. However the FIA revealed it had to investigate more than a thousand suspected cases of track limits breaches during the race.
The stewards have completed a review of the track limits infringements during the race and issued a further 12 penalties to eight different drivers.
Esteban Ocon is the most heavily penalised, receiving four penalties totalling 30 seconds. Nyck de Vries was also penalised multiple times, having 15 seconds added to his race time.
Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz Jnr, Pierre Gasly, Alexander Albon and Logan Sargeant have all been given 10 second time penalties. Yuki Tsunoda received a further five seconds on top of the 10 seconds he was given during the race.
The FIA stewards said “an examination of the list of deleted lap times provided to the stewards by race control revealed that a number of track limit infringements had not previously been referred to the stewards for potential penalty.
“It was determined that some of these infringements warranted a penalty that was not previously applied when the Provisional Classification was published.”
The stewards said it had made the penalties less lenient in the case of drivers who received multiple infringements.
“[The] penalties have been applied as follows,” they explained. “For four infringements, a five-second time penalty; for five infringements, a 10 second time penalty. Then a ‘reset’ has been allowed due to the excessive number of infringements. The counting of infringements restarts. After another four infringements, a five-second time penalty will apply; after five, a 10 second time penalty.”
The stewards added they “very strongly recommend that a solution be found to the track limits
situation at this circuit.”
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