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Albon escapes punishment for grid blower job

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19/07/2020

Alex Albon's fightback to fifth today will stand after the Hungaroring stewards deemed that his crew did not attempt to alter the grip of the track surface before today's race with leaf blowers, a breach of Article 22.3 of the sporting regulations.

Having heard from a team representative, the stewards reviewed video evidence and came to the conclusion that Red Bull did not attempt to alter the grip of the track surface.

"It should be a non-issue," team boss, Christian Horner told Sky Sports in the moments before the race, "they have leaf blowers blowing into the brake ducts to keep the cars cool.

"I'm surprised," he admitted, "obviously somebody has had a moan about it but it still looks pretty wet to me."

Race Director, Michael Masi subsequently admitted that prior to the start of the race he had warned teams about the practice.

"It's been around for quite a few years," said the Australian of the rule. "It was more just a reminder that I sent out prior to the start of the race, to remind everyone. The stewards investigated and deemed that there was no further action necessary.

"It was a report that was received, and the stewards investigated it," he added, "and obviously wanted to investigate it properly, which is why they waited until after the race, because it is something that is quite foreign, let's call it. They did their proper process to make sure it wasn't something that occurred."

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1. Posted by DRAGON F1, 21/07/2020 13:25

"Albon got a lot of benefit from that grid blower job!!
Clearly, Albon had permanent advantage from that drier grid slot, and a big Smile on his face at the start too!! Lol"

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2. Posted by DRAGON F1, 21/07/2020 13:20

"Christian Horner is a total hypocritic! He would have protested like no tomorrow if another team did that!!

As far as I can see, the Red Bull guys were indeed drying that grid box with the blowers, and you could see that it was very dry when they pushed the car back!!
The Stewards are totally inconsistent and incompetent with their decisions all the time! Perhaps F1 should use Oscar the Squid to make all their decisions in the future!?? Lol

Finally, the best driver in the world (according to Horner), Max Verstappen crashes on his way to the starting grid!! Lol
Roman Grosjean did exactly the same thing in Brazil 2016, so I would rate Max about the same as Roman!! Hahaha "

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3. Posted by bfairey, 20/07/2020 15:49

"Another stupid rule."

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4. Posted by F1_revival, 20/07/2020 10:37

"But if it was Ferrari Christian Horner wouldn't have been so quiet"

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