Charles Leclerc summoned to race stewards over breach of qualifying rule

CHARLES LECLERC took pole place on the Australian Grand Prix after beating Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Formulation One preview: A lap of the Australian Grand Prix

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Charles Leclerc has been summoned to the stewards at 11:55 BST (20:55 native time) simply hours after claiming pole place for tomorrow’s race. The championship chief has been instructed he should report back to the stewards instantly after a potential infraction early in qualifying.

The report claims Leclerc was too sluggish on his in-lap within the early levels of Q1.

It reads: “The motive force and workforce consultant is required to report back to the Stewards at 20:55, in relation to the incident under. Alleged breach of Article 33.4 of the FIA Formulation One Sporting Rules and noncompliance with Race Director’s Occasion Notes 4, driving unnecessarily slowly on an inlap at 16:09.”

Alpha Tauri’s Yuki Tsunoda has additionally been summoned for driving too slowly. In his pre-race notes, race director Niels Wittich had warned drivers to not decelerate an excessive amount of after setting a time in apply and qualifying.

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Charles Leclerc summoned to race stewards over breach of qualifying rule

Charles Leclerc has been summoned to the stewards (Picture: Getty)

He insisted drivers should transfer “unnecessarily slowly” on any in laps. To make sure this, drivers had been instructed they need to observe a “most time set by the FIA” between the 2 security automobile traces.

He stated: “With a purpose to be certain that automobiles will not be pushed unnecessarily slowly on in laps throughout and after the tip of qualifying or throughout reconnaissance laps when the pit exit is opened for the race, drivers should keep under the utmost time set by the FIA between the Security Automobile traces proven on the pit lane map. You can be knowledgeable of the utmost time after the primary day of apply.”

Confusion on the in-laps induced carnage on Saturday morning’s qualifying session with a mix-up between Nicholas Latifi and Lance Stroll inflicting a collision. Latifi had slowed on the exit of flip 4 to let Stroll by means of believing he was on a sizzling lap.

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Charles Leclerc summoned to race stewards over breach of qualifying rule

Charles Leclerc was quickest in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix (Picture: Getty)

Nonetheless, when realising the Aston Martin driver was not going that quick, Latifi tried to re-pass him. The preliminary confusion noticed Stroll drive straight into the facet of Latifi, destroying the Williams.

Stroll has been handed a three-place grid penalty for tomorrow’s race after being blamed by the stewards.

After the session, Leclerc stated: “It felt good, I imply much more [because] it’s a observe the place I’ve at all times struggled prior to now; as a driver it most likely doesn’t match me as nicely and this weekend we actually labored.

“It was a bit messy for the free apply session for me, I managed to do some good laps however not every thing collectively and in Q3 I managed to place every thing collectively. It feels nice, and really joyful to be on pole tomorrow.”


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