Leclerc escapes penalty after stewards’ hearing

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The stewards have reached their verdict after Charles Leclerc was investigated for an incident in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.


					Leclerc escapes penalty after stewards' hearing

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Charles Leclerc has not been handed a penalty after an incident in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix resulted in him being summoned by the stewards.

The Monegasque was beneath investigation for allegedly driving unnecessarily slowly on an inlap within the session, but it surely has now been confirmed that no additional motion will probably be taken.

After listening to from Leclerc and a Ferrari consultant, in addition to reviewing timing proof, the stewards determined that the motive force had “acted moderately beneath the circumstances.”

Leclerc will retain pole place for the Australian GP

A doc confirming the result reads: “Leclerc began a lap that
was supposed to be a quiet down lap, not an in lap, which might not be
topic to the minimal time restriction of the regulation.

“Half
method via the lap, the choice was made to come back in. In the course of the lap
there was heavy site visitors and Leclerc took effort to make sure that he did
not impede different drivers on push laps.

“These efforts considerably slowed his lap time. Because of this, the minimal time was breached.

“The
Stewards settle for the motive force’s rationale for his actions; discover that he
acted moderately beneath the circumstances; and, subsequently, take no
additional motion.”

Which means Leclerc will retain his pole place, and can begin Sunday’s race alongside Max Verstappen on the entrance row of the grid.

In the meantime, like Leclerc, Zhou Guanyu was investigated by the stewards for allegedly driving unnecessarily slowly on an inlap, however has additionally been given a verdict of no additional motion being mandatory.

Yuki Tsunoda didn’t obtain this end result, although. The AlphaTauri driver has been handed a reprimand for a similar offence, marking his third such punishment of the season.

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