Charles Leclerc has lost his point finish in today’s Qatar sprint race after being penalised for repeatedly exceeding track limits.Lance Stroll were given five-second time penalties for running off-track on four separate occasions each.
Leclerc took the chequered flag in seventh position. His penalty drops him to 12th place. Alexander Albon, who complained the Ferrari driver had repeatedly left the track, was promoted to seventh place, gaining an extra point. Fernando Alonso moved up to the final points-paying position.
Stroll fell from 13th in the original classification to 15th and last out of those running at the end of the sprint race.
Leclerc was one of several drivers who attempted to complete the race on a set of soft tyres and struggled in the closing stages of the race as his tyres went off.
“We lost out towards the end,” he said. “I think we were also quite lucky there was that many Safety Cars. But at the end we knew that it was going to be a difficult race.”
“With the soft it was very tricky at the end,” he added. “The start was good, the first few laps were good but then after that we knew it was going to be a bit more difficult compared to the medium runners, which was the case.”
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