Pit start for Grosjean after parc fermé breach

15 Juillet, 2020, 09:26 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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However, the Italian will remain in that position on the grid as Haas' Romain Grosjean has been handed a pitlane start after it was discovered that Haas had breached Parcé Fermé rules yesterday.

The French driver failed to set a qualifying time due to technical problems, but did drive on the circuit - a move that put him under parc ferme rules. His failure to set a period left him at the back of the grid.

However due to what appears to have been a misinterpretation, the team worked on his auto into the evening in a breach of the regulations. In the end, it finished its efforts at 11.20pm, more than three hours after the cut off.

"The work carried out during this time was not under supervision of a scrutineer, which is a breach of Art. 34.7 of the 2020 Formula One Sporting Regulations".

Following an investigation by the stewards on Sunday morning, it had been made clear that the normal penalty for this infringement might be exclusion from an event.

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F1 regulations allow for the possibility of a driver to be disqualified from a grand prix event for breaching parc fermé regulations, the window for working on the cars closing three hours and 30 minutes after the close of qualifying, but the stewards have shown leniency on this occasion.

Grosjean could have been excluded from the event as a result of the infringement, but with teams working under new restrictions and the auto not able to take part in the race without the additional work, the stewards have imposed a pit lane start.

"In this connection is it noticed that the penalty applied isn't to be viewed as a precedent for future infringements".

Grosjean will duly start the Styrian GP from the pit lane, with Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi back up to P19 on the grid having taken an earlier grid penalty for a gearbox change after his off during qualifying.

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