Charles Leclerc secured his second successive win of his F1 career for Ferrari on Sunday at the Italian Grand Prix, but there were some questions about whether he should have received a penalty.
Leclerc’s driving skills proved to be ruthless at Monza as he was chased down by two silver arrows that threw everything they could at him. The young Monegasque’s maneuver to block Lewis Hamilton and prevent the Brit from over-taking him, caused the defending world champion to veer off the track in order to avoid a collision. The officials ruled that Hamilton was “squeezed” in a breaking zone by the young driver who should have, as per the rules, left a car’s width of space between the two vehicles. As a result, a black and white flag was shown for Leclerc’s unsportsmanlike behaviour.
Leclerc’s teammate, Sebastian Vettel, received a heftier punishment for his infringement on Lance Stroll of Racing Point. Vettal was charged with both an unsafe rejoin of the track but also for contact with Stroll. After the race, the FIA’s race director, Michael Masi, explained that Vettal received a time penalty due to the contact made on the Racing Point-BWT Mercedes, whilst Leclerc only got the yellow card of Formula 1 racing because his car did not touch Hamilton’s vehicle. Indeed, the rules have been relaxed this year to give drivers the freedom to be more competitive on the track. The neutrals and all Ferrari fans will agree that the new rules made for a far more exciting race. What all fans can agree on, is that the race in Singapore looks even more tantalizing as the drivers have been shown such liberties and we may see more of them push the boundaries come 22 September.
Sunday, 8 September 2019
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