Kimi Raikkonen lost two points for ninth place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix because he did not enter the pits before the repeated start after he turned around and returned to the track without respecting the sporting regulations.

In the lap before the second start, Raikkonen spun off in theTurn 3, and according to the rules, the driver may return to his position if he succeeds before the first line of the safety car.

Since Raikkonen failed to do so, he had to enter the pits and return to the race only after all the drivers had passed him, and as he did not do so the judges subsequently penalized him with 30 seconds at the time of the race as he could not serve the original penalty of 10 seconds stop-and-go as he was penalized after the race.

Art 42.6 then indicates that should a driver fail to take his position he must enter the pit lane and can only re-join the race once the whole field has passed the pit exit.
Art 42.12 indicates that during a rolling start, once the safety car turns its lights out, “No driver may overtake another car on the track until he passes the Line…”

In this case, the driver caught up to the cars ahead of him between Turn 13 and 14, but the safety car turned its lights out at approximately Turn 10. This would appear to be a contradictory instruction and the team instructed the driver to not regain his position, fearing that this would create a safety issue in the wet conditions. They radioed the Race Director, but there was no time for a response between their call and the restart.

The Stewards consider it to be a further contradiction that when the cars are behind the safety car during a safety car period, the are prohibited from passing, but when
they are behind the safety car for a restart, they are permitted to – even though the reasons for a rolling start are that the track conditions don’t permit a standing start.

However, the rule requiring a car to enter the pit lane if it fails to regain its position is consistent amongst several championships, has been in the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations for several years and has been consistently applied.

The penalty is a mandatory penalty, and therefore the Stewards consider that they have no alternative than to apply this penalty for reasons of consistency.

Competitors are reminded that they have the right to appeal certain decisions of the Stewards, in accordance with Article 15 of the FIA International Sporting Code and Article 10.1.1 of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules, within the applicable time limits.

Stroll and Tsunoda also penalized

Lance Stroll also recieved a penalty for overtaking Pierre Gasly outside of the track while Yuki Tsunoda was penalized for driving outside the track limits too many times. Both drivers got a five second penalties added to their race times.

CORRECTED EMILIA ROMAGNA GP RESULTS

1 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 63 2:02:34.598
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 63 2:02:56.598 22.000
3 4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 63 2:02:58.300 23.702
4 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 63 2:03:00.177 25.579
5 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 63 2:03:01.634 27.036
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren/Mercedes 63 2:03:25.818 51.220
7 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Honda 63 2:03:27.416 52.818
8 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 63 2:03:31.507 56.909
5 second penalty for overtaking behind track limits
9 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 63 2:03:40.302 1:05.704
10 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine/Renault 63 2:03:41.159 1:06.561
11 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull/Honda 63 2:03:41.749 1:07.151
12 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda 63 2:03:47.782 1:13.184
5 second penalty for track limits abuse
13 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 63 2:04:09.371 1:34.773
30 second penalty for failing to pit after rolling start
14 99 A.Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 62 2:02:46.823 1 lap
15 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin/Mercedes 61 2:01:19.044 Gearbox
16 47 Mick Schumacher Haas/Ferrari 61 2:02:36.636 2 laps
17 9 Nikita Mazepin Haas/Ferrari 61 2:03:44.864 2 laps
(9) 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 30 50:58.945 Crash
(10) 63 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 30 50:59.447 Crash
6 Nicholas Latifi Williams/Mercedes 0 Spun off

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 2/23 RACES

1 Lewis Hamilton 44 25 19
2 Max Verstappen 43 18 25
3 Lando Norris 27 12 15
4 Charles Leclerc 20 8 12
5 Valtteri Bottas 16 16
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. 14 4 10
7 Daniel Ricciardo 14 6 8
8 Sergio Pérez 10 10
9 Pierre Gasly 6 6
10 Lance Stroll 5 1 4
11 Yuki Tsunoda 2 2
12 Esteban Ocon 2 2
13 Fernando Alonso 1 1
14 Kimi Räikkönen 0
15 A.Giovinazzi 0
16 George Russell 0
17 Sebastian Vettel 0
18 Mick Schumacher 0
19 Nikita Mazepin 0
20 Nicholas Latifi 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Mercedes 60 41 19
2 Red Bull/Honda 53 28 25
3 McLaren/Mercedes 41 18 23
4 Ferrari 34 12 22
5 AlphaTauri/Honda 8 2 6
6 Aston Martin/Mercedes 5 1 4
7 Alpine/Renault 3 3
8 Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 0
9 Williams/Mercedes 0
10 Haas/Ferrari 0
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