Three-place grid penalty for Giovinazzi

Date published: August 3 2019

Antonio Giovinazzi gets a three-place grid drop for the Hungarian GP after impeding Lance Stroll in Q1.

Antonio Giovinazzi will drop three places at the Hungarian Grand Prix after impeding Lance Stroll in Q1.

SportPesa Racing Point’s Stroll was held up by Alfa Romeo’s Giovinazzi who held the racing line on approach to Turn 5, despite not being on a flying lap.

The incident forced Stroll to take a compromised line into the corner and he was ultimately eliminated in the first qualifying session.

Giovinazzi will now start P17 at the Hungaroring and received a penalty point on his superlicence to take his tally up to four for the last 12 months.

“The Stewards reviewed video, audio, GPS and telemetry evidence and heard from the driver of car 99 (Antonio Giovinazzi) and the driver of car 18 (Lance Stroll) and the team representatives,” read the stewards statement.

“Notwithstanding the fact that the team incorrectly informed the driver of car 99 that he was “in phase” with car 18, when in fact car 18 was on a push lap, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that on an in lap, he makes all reasonable endeavours to watch for following cars that are on a push lap and to ensure they are not impeded

“It was noted that car 99 was shown a blue flashing light halfway between turns 3 and 4. Telemetry and GPS data confirmed that car 18 lost considerable time through the section of track involved.

“The Stewards believe the driver of car 99 could, and should, have moved away from the racing line prior to Turn 4.”

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