Ferrari was unsuccessful in protesting against two Red Bull drivers for pit bulls at the Monaco Grand Prix.
It took the pastors more than four hours to publish their verdicts, and Ferrari’s protest was dismissed in both cases. However, Max Verstappen was closer than his teammate to breaking the rule.
The question was whether the drivers crossed the line at the pitlane exit when they returned to the track. It’s an old rule that is regularly broken, and Ferrari was able to cite a new example of a driver who was punished for it: Yuki Tsunoda of Austria last year.
After a close look at the footage of the two incidents, it was clear that Perez had hit the line with his tire, but did not cross it.
The situation at Verstappen was different. As the audience watched his inner camera during the race, he crossed part of his left front and rear tires.
In a hearing with Ferrari and Red Bull, “all parties agreed that the No. 1 car (Verstappen) left part of its front and rear tires beyond the yellow line,” officials said.
However, the tires did not completely cross the line. “All parties agreed that the majority of the front and rear tires on the left side of the car remained in the yellow line,” the officials added.
If Verstappen had committed the same offense last year, he could have been in trouble. At that time, Article 5 of Chapter 4 of Annex L to the International Sports Code read as follows:
Except in cases of force majeure (as approved by the commissioners), any line painted on the pit start lane may not be used for the purpose of distinguishing between cars leaving the circuit and those on the circuit. the car is coming out of the pits. ” .
However, this section of the rules has been revised. Now, a tire refers to the one that “crosses” the line, rather than any part of the car. The relevant rules, Article 5 of the same chapter, state:
“Except in cases of force majeure (approved by the person in charge), the tires of a car leaving the pit shall not cross the painted line on the track to exit the pits. Circuit.”
As only a portion of Verstappen’s tires crossed, they were determined to comply with the rules: “In this case, the car did not cross the line. To do that, it would be necessary to have a wheel on the left side of the yellow line, ”said the commissioners.
Eduardo Freitas, the director of Formula 1 racing, admitted that the change in the International Sports Code was not communicated to the teams in the note of the previous events of the Monaco Grand Prix.
“The race director stated that the scores were copied from the 2021 version, so they were not changed to reflect the changes in Annex L for 2022,” the commissioners explained.
Ferrari cited notes from the event in protest. However, the commissioners have stated that the International Sports Code is valid. “All directors must comply with all the provisions of the F1 Sports Code and Regulations,” they said.
“This gives the race director (and the marshals) an obligation to comply with these regulations,” the marshals added. “Accordingly, the notes released by the race director cannot be inconsistent with the F1 Sports Code or Regulations.”
Asked why Ferrari protested, group director Mattia Binotto replied that he was “looking for instructions on an issue that is clear to us.”
“In the past this has always been punished by five seconds,” he added. “Since Turkey 2020, it is clear that you need to be within the yellow line.”
The shepherds’ verdict clarified the case, but Ferrari certainly expected a five-second sentence for Verstappen as well.
This would reduce the gap between him and Charles Leclerc in the tournament from nine points to three points, reducing some of the points missed in Sunday’s strategic race.