Drivers and followers alike have been asking for extra consistency in stewarding selections within the wake of the Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton battle in Brazil, however how have the FIA sometimes penalised drivers for off-track excursions?
Max Verstappen v Lewis Hamilton, Brazil 2021 – no investigation
Whereas some incidents are controversial for the penalties handed out, there are occasions when debate is fuelled for no motion being taken in any respect.
That was the case on the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix when Max Verstappen ran large and compelled title rival Lewis Hamilton off the monitor as they fought for the lead on lap 48.
Hamilton had simply drafted previous his rival on the straight and was on the skin on the finish of the straight, when Verstappen braked late and tried to retake the spot.
The Dutchman ran large and left Hamilton with nowhere to go, however F1 race director Michael Masi determined no offence had been triggered as a result of he simply thought-about it onerous racing.
Max Verstappen v Lewis Hamilton at Monza, Italian GP 2021 – three-place grid penalty for following race
Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing, walks away from his broken automotive
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Probably the most iconic photos of the 2021 F1 title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen is of the collision the pair had at Monza’s first chicane, as their automobiles ended up on prime of one another.
Hamilton and Verstappen had been battling for place after the pit stops after they ran side-by-side into Monza’s tight opening nook sequence. Verstappen tried to go across the exterior of Hamilton on the first proper hander and, as he was squeezed in direction of the kerb, he tried to muscle inside Hamilton on the following left-hand component.
However, when Hamilton stood his floor and turned in, Verstappen bounced off the kerb and up and excessive of the Mercedes automotive as they each ended up within the gravel entice.
The stewards dominated that Verstappen was guilty for the accident as he had by no means been alongside Hamilton sufficient to be given any proper to racing room. He was given a three-place grid penalty for the next race in Russia.
Lewis Hamilton v Max Verstappen, British GP 2021 – ten-second penalty
Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W12
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Tempers between 2021’s title protagonists flared a primary time on the British Grand Prix when Lewis Hamilton made a transfer on main Max Verstappen going into the ultra-fast Copse right-hander.
As Verstappen closed the door, Hamilton touched the Dutchman’s rear quarter, sending the Crimson Bull right into a spin which led to a heavy crash into the tyre boundaries.
Hamilton was judged to have been ‘predominantly’ guilty for the accident as he had run large from the apex. The Briton obtained a 10-second penalty however nonetheless managed to win the race regardless, which angered Crimson Bull.
George Russell v Carlos Sainz Jr, British GP Dash Race 2021 – three-place grid penalty
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, George Russell, Williams FW43B
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In Silverstone’s dash race, Williams driver George Russell was hit with a three-place grid penalty for subsequent day’s British Grand Prix for forcing Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr off the monitor.
The pair stormed in direction of Brooklands facet by facet on Lap 1, with Russell understeering into the trail of Sainz on his exterior after locking up his brakes.
It compelled Sainz into the run-off space and value the Spaniard a number of positions. The stewards mentioned Russell was fully guilty for the incident, and handed him a three-place grid penalty for the primary race on Sunday.
Lando Norris v Sergio Perez – Austrian GP 2021 – five-second penalty
Sergio Perez, Crimson Bull Racing RB16B,Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M
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The 2021 Austrian Grand Prix noticed Lando Norris decide up a five-second penalty for forcing Sergio Perez off monitor.
Because the pair entered flip 4, Norris had the within, with Perez barely forward on the skin. Because the pair went by means of the right-hander Norris was barely forward on the apex, and began to maneuver throughout to the skin of the circuit.
Perez in the meantime had began to speed up earlier, attempting to take care of the skin line and maintain place. Norris ran out to the kerb on the racing line, forcing Perez off into the gravel and inflicting him to lose positions.
Norris was handed a five-second penalty for having compelled Perez off-track.
Lewis Hamilton v Alex Albon, Austrian GP 2020 – five-second penalty
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Efficiency, battles with Alex Albon, Crimson Bull Racing RB16
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A handful of races after their earlier collision in Brazil, for which Lewis Hamilton was hit with a five-second penalty, Hamilton and Alex Albon collided once more within the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix.
Albon overtook Hamilton across the exterior of Flip 4, however the pair clashed wheels, which despatched the Crimson Bull driver spinning off into the gravel. Hamilton was once more deemed at fault and obtained a five-second penalty.
Charles Leclerc v Max Verstappen, Austrian GP, 2019 – no motion needed
Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB15, collides with Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90
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With the final three laps of the race upon them second-placed Max Verstappen bought a run on Charles Leclerc out of the primary flip, braked late and was on the within of Leclerc coming into flip 3.
Verstappen drove straight throughout the first a part of the nook, missed the apex and ran to the sting of the monitor – inflicting wheel-to-wheel contact with Leclerc, who was compelled off the monitor and over a sausage kerb, dropping time and the place.
Verstappen went on to take the win, with a fuming Charles Leclerc ending second.
Because it occurred so late within the race the incident was reviewed afterwards, with the stewards in the end deciding that neither driver was “wholly or predominantly guilty” for the incident.
Daniel Ricciardo v Lando Norris/Kimi Raikkonen, French GP 2019 – two five-second penalties
Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Crew R.S.19
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Daniel Ricciardo had completed seventh for Renault within the 2019 French Grand Prix however was given two separate five-second penalties by the stewards shortly afterwards that dropped him to eleventh.
The primary sanction was as a result of the stewards felt he had compelled Lando Norris off monitor of their battle on the Mistral Straight’s chicane on the ultimate lap.
Ricciardo had tried to go across the exterior on the chicane, however went in too quick and washed out off the monitor. As he returned, Norris needed to take avoiding motion to forestall a collision.
The Australian was given a five-second penalty for having rejoined the monitor in an unsafe method and forcing one other driver off monitor.
Shortly afterwards, Ricciardo bought a run on Kimi Raikkonen and handed the Alfa Romeo driver – however to take action he ran throughout the white line that marks the sting of the monitor. The stewards gave a second sanction for leaving the monitor and gaining a bonus.
Sebastian Vettel v Lewis Hamilton, Canadian GP 2019 – five-second penalty
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF90, leads Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W10
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Sebastian Vettel had a slender lead over Lewis Hamilton within the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix, with the Brit seemingly capable of catch however not overtake the German.
With the pair combating by means of site visitors and in a race of their very own, it seemed like Vettel might preserve the race win. That was, till lap 48.
Vettel made an error going into the chicane at turns three and 4, reducing throughout the grass for the latter nook and re-joining the monitor in a manner that pushed Hamilton in opposition to the wall on the skin of the nook. Vettel stayed forward on monitor whereas Hamilton was compelled to again off and stay behind.
Whereas the incident went unpunished for 9 laps, a penalty was issued on lap 57, giving Vettel a five-second time penalty for an unsafe re-entry and forcing one other driver off the monitor.
This was as a result of the white line, which dictates the size of the trac and is round one automotive’s width away from the wall on the skin of the monitor, that means that when Vettel re-joined the monitor and pushed Hamilton as much as the wall, he’d technically compelled Hamilton off the circuit.
The penalty infuriated the German, who was capable of maintain Hamilton off for the rest of the race for an on-track win (although he was dropped to second place with the penalty).
Nico Rosberg v Lewis Hamilton, Austria 2016 – five-second penalty
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes-Benz F1 W07 Hybrid and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz F1 W07 Hybrid collide on the final lap
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The 2016 season was a bitter battle between Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Whereas the pair had already made contact within the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix would see but extra.
On the ultimate lap of the race, Hamilton bought a run on Rosberg out of the primary nook, chasing him up the hill and diving to the skin of the monitor for flip three.
By the point they reached the braking zone, Hamilton was nearly a automotive’s size in entrance of Rosberg, although because the pair entered the nook Rosberg braked late and ran straight, not making an effort to succeed in the apex.
The pair collided, with Hamilton being compelled off monitor whereas Rosberg remained forward. He stayed on the fringe of the monitor, stopping Hamilton from re-joining. Nevertheless he’d picked up harm within the course of – breaking his entrance wing within the collision.
Hamilton would go on to win the race whereas Rosberg fell down the order, ending in fourth place. He was then handed a ten-second penalty for inflicting contact with Hamilton, although this wouldn’t make any distinction to his closing ending place.
Further reporting by Tom Jeffries.