Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2024

Verstappen avoids penalty after pit lane rules misunderstanding

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In the round-up: Max Verstappen avoided a penalty after being investigated for an infringement in the pit lane which occured due to a misunderstanding over the rules.

In brief

Verstappen cleared over pit lane error

Verstappen was investigated for potentially breaking the rule which governs how cars join the fast lane of the pits as they prepare to join the track during a session.

Red Bull told the stewards “they assumed car one [Verstappen] had crossed the solid white line separating the fast lane from the working lane when it was released from the garage and therefore followed the procedure outlined in article 34.8 to leave the pit lane in the order the cars arrived there.”

However the stewards pointed out the team was mistaken. “This assumption was inaccurate as no wheel of Car 1 had crossed the solid white line separating the fast lane from the working lane.”

Nonetheless the stewards were satisfied that Verstappen joined the fast lane of the pits as required and without impeding other cars, so took no action against him. He will start today’s race from second on the grid.

Sixth ‘the first step to recovery’ – Alonso

Fernando Alonso hopes that a top six start today is the sign of better times ahead for Aston Martin

“It’s been a good weekend so far for us – a good Friday – and then today, a little bit more competitive than the last two events,” Alonso told the official F1 channel.

“I think we are understanding for sure a lot of things with the car. This is hopefully the first step in our recovery plan.”

Although he has “a much better starting position than the last two events,” Alonso said the team must remain sharp in what could be a rain-affected race. “If it does rain, if you stop one lap too late or one lap too soon for the wrong tyres, that means your race is over. So we have to keep very, very focused tomorrow.”

Ferrari’s Taponen wins in FREC

Ferrari Academy Driver Tuukka Taponen secured his maiden victory in the Formula Regional European Championship in the first of two races this weekend at Zandvoort.

Former Ferrari junior James Wharton spun out of the lead in wet conditions under pressure from Taponen. Rafael Camara then challenged his fellow Ferrari junior but Taponen held on to win.

Camara leads the series with 111 points, over twice that of Taponen in second. Taponen won the Formula Regional Middle East Championship held earlier this year.

Chadwick secures first Indy Nxt pole

Williams junior Jamie Chadwick secured her first pole position in Indy Nxt at Road America.

Chadwick set the best time of a 1’51.033 in group qualifying to just beat championship contender Louis Foster, who was quickest in the other group, by less than a tenth of a second.

Chadwick secured her first podium in the series in a race at the Indianapolis road course.

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Comment of the day

A thrilling qualifying session leaves Riccard salivating over what could happen in today’s race…

The race is set up wonderfully:

– Two cars on front row with exactly the same pace
– Will Verstappen be attacking, or defending? McLarens looked faster…
– Can Hamilton cut through the field? Alonso and Ricciardo should both be slower than him, and he’s been quick all weekend (apart from the two laps that counted)
– The Ferraris got too cute in qualifying trying to save tyres, but their pace was better than 11th and 12th.

Loads of drivers poised to attack, move forward. It should be tension up and down the grid. And we have a decent chance of our fifth winner in nine races.

Drivers, start your engines!

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Stevo and Ricardo Marques!

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2 comments on “Verstappen avoids penalty after pit lane rules misunderstanding”

  1. Gotta agree with Villeneuve on this one. And he would know, following his disappointing stints at Renault and Sauber!

    I feel like rather than an overhaul of technical regulations, we could do with an overhaul of drivers. Ricciardo, Perez, Zhou, Magnussen, Ocon and Sargent all seem like treadwater drivers who are just sitting on a seat and blocking fresh talent. I’d add Stroll to that list, but daddy keeps him secure, so he’s not worth mentioning.

  2. Well done Jamie Chadwick!!

    Poor Bearman’s ‘pittance’ of a wage. Maybe I should visit his Patreon page.

    ‘Run in’s’ clearly are not what they used to be.

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