Radio communication problem led to Zhou’s double-penalty

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Radio communication problem led to Zhou’s double-penalty

Xevi Pujolar says a “radio communication downside” led to the jackman lifting Guanyu Zhou’s automobile, ensuing within the Alfa Romeo driver’s double penalty in Saudi Arabia.

Racing on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on Sunday evening, Zhou was hit with a five-second penalty when he overtook Alex Albon off the monitor as the 2 battled for fifteenth place.

The Chinese language rookie got here in to serve that when he made his first pit cease of the evening, nonetheless, minutes later it emerged that he had one other penalty, this time a drive-through, for failing to take the primary penalty.

It turned out that when he stopped the jackman had lifted the automobile earlier than then dropping it and the staff pausing for the 5 seconds.

That meant, underneath F1 laws, the automobile had been labored on thus the second penalty.

Radio communication problem led to Zhou’s double-penalty

Alfa Romeo head of trackside engineering Pujolar defined that it was the staff’s choice to double-stack Valtteri Bottas after which Zhou that led to a second of miscommunication.

“We did a double pit cease and we had a radio communication downside there,” he instructed The Race.

“That’s why the man touched the automobile as a result of we do it with two jacks. The primary jack went on the primary one and the second with the radio communication downside.

“The entrance jack was not conscious that it was a 5 second penalty. That’s why he touched the automobile.”

As for Zhou’s points out of the primary nook on the opening lap, Pujolar says that was the anti-stall kicking in.

Preventing Daniel Ricciardo for place, Zhou mounted the kerb and clipped the McLaren as he modified gears.

That triggered the anti-stall to kick in, the motive force falling to the again of the sector.

“For the anti-stall, it’s one thing that we have to undergo with Zhou,” mentioned Pujolar.

“There’s nothing mistaken with the automobile factor, he has acquired the sensation that the revs are nonetheless OK however it’s really not OK as a result of it’s too low.

“We have to see what can we do to mitigate that concern sooner or later as a result of now it [happened] twice.”


He added: “It’s simply possibly his really feel with this type of state of affairs, to listen to the engine revs and when it’s stalling.

“We have now to analyse a bit higher, in additional element with extra time. When he’s touching the automobile sooner or later possibly then it’s dropping too low and he didn’t realise.

“Every part is working as anticipated however for him, it’s simply one thing that he wants to know, however there are other ways to unravel that downside and we’ll take a look at what’s the easiest way to do it for Melbourne.”




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