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Race director explains Perez penalty

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25/06/2019

Almost from the moment he received the time penalty for exceeding the track limits and gaining an advantage - in that he passed two cars in the process - Sergio Perez has argued his innocent, insisting that he rejoined the track, after going off, strictly according to the race director's directive.

Michael Masi, who took over from Charlie Whiting following the Briton's untimely death, explains why the Mexican was penalised.

"With the whole instruction about cutting the circuit at various points, the overriding point at, I think the second last one, is that when someone rejoins, they must firstly rejoin safely, and two, must not gain a lasting advantage," he said.

"Looking at the in-car particularly, when you look at Lance, who was immediately behind him, Sergio's locked up, chosen to go to the left, and bypass the bollard, and come out in front of both Albon and Magnussen.

"So that was part of a discussion that was actually had following Monaco at a drivers' meeting where the drivers actually requested that they need to be behind, effectively, who they entered.

"To be honest, I think if Sergio had chosen going out of Turn 6 to drop back behind those two cars, I think we would have looked at it and said he's created his own disadvantage effectively and dropped into where he should have," he concluded.

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1. Posted by Pavlo, 25/06/2019 19:05

"The problem is that the penalty is too mild. If the penalty for such would be "stop-n-go", Perez would have given the places back before stewards even looked at it. Instead when is comparable with the advantage gained, drivers are encouraged to hope that stewards will decide not to penalize and tell us all that BS that penalty is wrong.
And with no doubt, penalty is 100% correct. Clearly gained advantage outside of track limits."

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2. Posted by markscottuk, 25/06/2019 17:33

"With the car transponders, maybe sensors that go around the edge of the circuit which compares the order based on the previous reading. If an advantage was gained by going off track (breaking the edge sensors) then a message is raised on F1MS to advise driver to give place back, give him 3 corners and if not, raise a penalty."

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3. Posted by Mad Matt, 25/06/2019 11:19

"Fair enough but it would be better if the stewards could quickly pass a message to the driver telling them that. OK, if they ignore the request then give them a penalty.

Decisions need to be made quickly, I think people understand that much better than post race penalties or a penalty which is handed out 15 minutes after the offence."

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