Vasseur ‘not okay’ with Zhou’s five-second Saudi penalty

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Vasseur ‘not okay’ with Zhou’s five-second Saudi penalty

Fred Vasseur is “not okay” with Guanyu Zhou’s five-second time penalty for gaining a bonus off the monitor as Alfa Romeo felt his cross on Alex Albon was “positive”.

Racing the Williams of Albon for fifteenth place, Zhou made the cross going into Flip 1.

Nevertheless, moments later, via Flip 2 and having already made the cross, he ran broad and off the monitor.

The Chinese language rookie requested Alfa Romeo if he give the place again to the Thai racer, his engineer mentioned no.

The stewards, although, declared that he ought to have and slapped the driving force with a five-second time penalty.

Vasseur ‘not okay’ with Zhou’s five-second Saudi penalty

“I’m not okay with the choice of the stewards on Albon, as a result of he was miles away,” Alfa Romeo crew boss Vasseur instructed

“He overtook Albon a lot earlier than the braking level, and he went straight. And he slowed all the way down to keep away from to have a bonus.

“Zhou requested us, so we had a glance on the video. And he overtook him and Albon was nearly behind him. And so we mentioned, ‘No no, it’s truthful, it’s positive.’”

The Frenchman says he’ll remind the stewards of Sunday night time’s name ought to the state of affairs come up once more.

“Okay, if they’re constant, and it’s at all times like this, it’s at all times like this,” he mentioned.

“However we are going to remind them subsequent time.

“It’s not that he went straight when he overtook Albon. He overtook Albon, after which he went straight.”

Zhou’s night time went from dangerous to worse when he pitted to take his penalty and the entrance jackman lifted his automotive earlier than rapidly decreasing it.

That, nevertheless, meant the automotive had been labored on and Zhou was given an added drive-through penalty for failing to take his first penalty.

“We made the error, as a result of the mechanic had a problem with the radio, and he touched the automotive through the pit cease,” Vasseur mentioned.

“After which Zhou had the drive via.”

Zhou although was lucky not be disqualified with the stewards explaining why the selected a drive-through as a substitute of a DSQ.

“Though the crew didn’t work on the automotive for 5 seconds after jacking the automotive up, the jacking up of the automotive itself could be ‘working’ on the automotive, which is prohibited by 54.4(c),” learn the stewards’ doc.

“Article 54.4(e) provides the stewards the discretion to disqualify a automotive for failure to adjust to Article 54.4(c).


“Nevertheless, provided that no work was finished whereas the automotive was jacked up, we thought-about that disqualification could be too harsh and final result. We subsequently imposed a drive-through penalty.”


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