A detailed investigation by race stewards into the incident with Aston Martin team driver Lance Stroll during the qualifying session has resulted in an important decision: the driver will not be sanctioned. Stroll has already received a five-place grid penalty in Vegas and will start in last position.
The Canadian, represented by the number 18, was examined for a possible infraction for failing to slow down properly due to a single yellow flag at Turn 5 during qualifying. This potential violation was linked to article 2.5.5 b) of the International Sporting Code and the Clerk of the Course’s notes, in particular point 3.1 of document 34.
The stewards, upon summons (document 40), heard the driver and the team representative and examined various data, including location, signaling system data, videos, timing, telemetry, communications team radio and internal car videos. A detailed comparison of Stroll’s telemetry with that of his teammate in the number 14 car revealed crucial nuances in his performance. Stroll was observed to have released the throttle earlier than his previous fast lap, returning to the throttle later and entering the corner at a significantly lower speed than his and his previous fast lap. teammate.
Additionally, Stroll’s time in the yellow flag sector was higher than his previous fastest lap. This detail is all the more remarkable as lap times improved throughout the session due to the evolution of the track. Based on these findings, the commissioners decided to take no further action against Stroll.
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