George Russell and Sergio Perez among seven summoned by stewards after Austrian GP sprint

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GEORGE RUSSELL were among seven drivers summoned by the FIA stewards after an action packed Austrian Grand Prix sprint race.

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George Russell was summoned to the stewards for an alleged breach of FIA regulations. The Mercedes driver was been called in for “messages to drivers during the second formation lap” during the Austrian GP sprint but was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing.

A Mercedes representative has been called to a report with the stewards at 18:15 local time (17:15 UK time). Six other drivers were also summoned to the stewards for an identical breach including Sergio Perez. 

Esteban Ocon, Mick Schumacher, Daniel Ricciardo, Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel have also been called in. The drivers were forced to do a second formation lap after Zhou Gunayu’s Alfa Romeo broke down moments before stopping for the grid. 

However, Article 33.1 says drivers “must drive the car alone and unaided”. 

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George Russell and Sergio Perez among seven summoned by stewards after Austrian GP sprint

George Russell has been called to the stewards (Image: Sky Sports F1)

This suggests the drivers called in may have received messages from their engineers relating to their vehicle ahead of the second start. Reports on social media suggest the engineers only asked the drivers to use the pit limiter during the formation lap.

One social media user said: “I listened to all the summoned drivers’ radios just now.

“The only difference between them and the ones not being summoned is that their engineer tells them to use the speed or pit limiter during the extra formation lap. Really? Is that not a bit too much of overregulating?”

Another replied: “I did the same thing and I agree, that is the only thing that is different that I could hear, and it really seems a bit ridiculous.”

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Reports on social media suggest the engineers only asked the drivers to use the pit limiter during the formation lap.

 

One social media user said: “I listened to all the summoned drivers’ radios just now.

 

“The only difference between them and the ones not being summoned is that their engineer tells them to use the speed or pit limiter during the extra formation lap.Really? Is that not a bit too much of overregulating?

 

Another replied: “I did the same thing and I agree, that is the only thing that is different that I could hear, and it really seems a bit ridiculous.”

There were fears Russell, Perez and the other drivers could receive penalties for the infringements but all were later cleared of any wrongdoing. It comes after the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix where both Haas drivers received ten-second time penalties after receiving illegal team radio messages.

Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean were told to come into the pits and change tyres during the formation lap as the track dried. The team changed onto stick tyres and were running as high as third and fourth at one stage of the Grand Prix. 

But, this was considered to be against the rules and the pair were issued with the punishments.

However, the Mercedes driver was still able to start the sprint race from fifth despite the damage. Russell enjoyed a lonely sprint race in Austria as Mercedes were unable to get on terms with Max Verstappen and the Ferrari’s.

It means the Mercedes rookie will start tomorrow’s Grand prix from fourth.

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