Within the opening part of the qualifying shootout to find out the grid for the Saturday dash contest, Russell stayed on the racing line by way of the penultimate Flip 19 left-hander to pressure a fast-approaching Leclerc to maneuver to the within.
Upon reviewing the incident with the addition of crew radio and in-car video, the FIA stewards have decided that Mercedes didn’t warn Russell in good time of the sooner automotive behind. Subsequently, Leclerc was unnecessarily impeded.
However will the motive force nonetheless partially responsible, Russell will serve a three-place grid drop for the Saturday afternoon dash race on the Circuit of The Americas. That drops him from eighth place to eleventh to advertise Alex Albon, Pierre Gasly and Daniel Ricciardo.
The stewards famous: “[Russell] entered the final two corners getting ready for his flying lap on the finish of SQ1 with [Leclerc] closing in shortly.
“While the crew did inform the motive force in regards to the closing automotive a number of seconds upfront, there was no additional info immediately earlier than [Russell] entered Flip 19 with [Leclerc] proper behind.
“[Russell] didn’t transfer from the racing line in or after Flip 19 and due to this fact unnecessarily impeded [Leclerc]
“The Stewards observe that regardless of any info coming from the crew, it’s the driver’s duty to make sure that no different vehicles are unnecessarily impeded.”
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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF-23
Russell informed Sky Sports activities F1: “It was positively a scrappy session, we had an issue with the radio, so all the engineers had been speaking within the background, and I used to be listening to it on my quick laps, and it seemed like they had been speaking to me in order that was fairly distracting.”
Leclerc, in the meantime, will line up behind Pink Bull three-time world champion Max Verstappen on the entrance row of the grid, the Monegasque having missed out on high spot by 0.055s.
However after an investigation, the stewards took no additional motion.