Haas’ Romain Grosjean and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer (pictured above) will both serve five-place grid penalties for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.
The stewards ruled they had failed to slow sufficiently for double-waved yellow flags during the opening qualifying session, caused by Sauber’s Antonio Giovinazzi crashing out in the closing minutes of the Q1 session.
The accident ensured that neither Grosjean nor Palmer was able to make it beyond Q1 on the basis of their fastest times in the session, with the pair provisionally lining up 17th and 18th respectively.
After qualifying, the pair was summoned to a hearing with the FIA Race Stewards, which included former Grand Prix driver Mika Salo as the drivers’ representative on the panel.
“The video evidence clearly showed that the driver attempted to set a meaningful lap time after passing through a double waved yellow marshalling sector, contrary to the requirements set out in the Race Director’s Event Notes (10.1), in breach of Article 12.1.1 i,” the statement published for each driver reads.
“The stewards also took into consideration that the driver made no attempt to significantly reduce his speed in the area of a double waved yellow flag, in breach of Appendix H, Article 126.96.36.199 b).
“The competitor is reminded that, in accordance with Article 12.2.4 of the FIA International Sporting Code and Article 38.3 g) of the FIA Formula One Sporting regulations, the above penalty is not susceptible to appeal.”
On top of their grid drops, both drivers were also awarded three penalty points to the FIA Superlicenses. This marked Grosjean’s first penalty in the preceding twelve months, while Palmer’s tally now stands at seven penalty points.
If a driver racks up twelve points in a twelve-month period, they will be issued with a one-race ban. The last driver to be issued with a race ban was Grosjean, for triggering the multi-car accident at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix in 2012.
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