The Stewards, having obtained a report from the Race Director, summoned (paperwork 39 & 40) and heard from the drivers and crew representatives, have thought of the next matter and decide the next:
No / Driver 33 – Max Verstappen
Competitor Purple Bull Racing Honda
Reality Automobile 33 braked in a way which induced a collision with Automobile 44 in flip 26.
Offence Breach of Article 2 (e) Chapter IV Appendix L of the FIA Worldwide Sporting Code.
Choice 10 second time penalty imposed after the race (10 seconds added to elapsed race time).
2 penalty factors (whole of seven for the 12 month interval).
Cause The Stewards heard from the motive force of Automobile 33 (Max Verstappen), the motive force of automotive 44 (Lewis Hamilton) and crew consultant, reviewed the video and telemetry proof and decided that the motive force of Automobile 33 was predominantly at fault.
At flip 21 the motive force of automotive 33 was given the instruction to present again a place to automotive 44 and was advised by the crew to take action “strategically”. Automobile 33 slowed considerably at flip 26. Nevertheless, it was apparent that neither driver needed to take the lead previous to DRS detection line 3.
The driving force of Automobile 33 acknowledged that he was questioning why Automobile 44 had not overtaken and the motive force of Automobile 44 acknowledged that, not having been conscious at that stage that Automobile 33 was giving the place again, was unaware of the explanation Automobile 33 was slowing. In deciding to penalise the motive force of Automobile 33, the important thing level for the Stewards was that the motive force of Automobile 33 then braked instantly (69 bar) and considerably, leading to 2.4g deceleration. While accepting that the motive force of Automobile 44 might have overtaken Automobile 33 when that automotive first slowed, we perceive why he (and the motive force of Automobile 33) didn’t want to be the primary to cross the DRS.
Nevertheless, the sudden braking by the motive force of Automobile 33 was decided by the Stewards to be erratic and therefore the predominant reason behind the collision and therefore the usual penalty of 10 seconds for the sort of incident, is imposed.
Rivals are reminded that they’ve the suitable to attraction sure choices of the Stewards, in accordance with Article 15 of the FIA Worldwide Sporting Code and Chapter 4 of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Guidelines, inside the relevant deadlines.