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|
|5||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||63||2:03:01.634||27.036|
|8||18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin/Mercedes||63||2:03:31.507||56.909|
|5 second penalty for overtaking behind track limits|
|11||11||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull/Honda||63||2:03:41.749||1:07.151|
|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|
|6||Nicholas Latifi||Williams/Mercedes||0||Spun off|
DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 2/23 RACES
|6||Carlos Sainz Jr.||14||4||10|