Leclerc should have given Verstappen back his position at the restart

18-04-2021 20:22
Leclerc should have given Verstappen back his position at the restart

Max Verstappen gave Formula 1 fans a scare Sunday afternoon at the Imola circuit when he almost spun while warming up his tyres for the restart. For a moment it seemed that what Sergio Perez had experienced earlier was going to happen, but Verstappen always regained his place in this situation. The FIA confirms this.

Race director Michael Masi argues that if Leclerc had overtaken his rival Verstappen after his slip after the red flag, he would have had to let the Dutchman back in front. At The Telegraph Masi reports that the warm up before the rolling restart is seen as a formation lap.

This situation is assessed differently than that of Sergio Perez. The Mexican of Red Bull Racing spun during the safety car and in that case you can not make up for lost places. Because Perez did so, he gets a penalty of ten seconds.

No investigation into Hamilton

Then there was another point of discussion on the internet, because was Lewis Hamilton allowed to go against the direction of the car to make sure his Mercedes car ended up back on the asphalt."That's looked at per situation. In this case it happened safely, he was well instructed by his team," Masi is clear. In the end, the red flag allowed Hamilton to replace his front wing without costing much time. At the restart the world championship leader was able to move up from P9 to second place.

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