George Russell escapes with FIA warning as Sergio Perez is punished for Austrian GP incidents | F1 | Sport

George Russell has been warned by the FIA ​​for treading the track on foot, while Sergio Perez saw all his Q3 lap times scrapped after Friday’s eventful qualifying session for the Austrian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen claimed pole position for Saturday’s sprint event at the Red Bull Ring, but the day’s race was overshadowed when both Mercedes drivers crashed in Q3, with Lewis Hamilton sliding into the guardrails before Russell lost control in the final corner and behind the wall ended.

The latter’s crash raised the red flags for the second time in the session as the debris was cleared and the FIA ​​soon noticed that Russell had walked out onto the track as he returned to the pit lane. However, the Mercedes driver managed to escape with only a warning, having been accosted by the stewards in the wake of the proceedings.

“Russell had just crashed into Turn 10 and raised a red flag,” said an official FIA statement. He then crossed the track on foot and entered the part of the pit lane where there is no speed limit, without permission from the marshals.

“At the time he started to cross the track, some cars were still on the track and may have missed the pits, creating an unsafe situation. The stewards spoke to the driver and he was given a warning.”

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Russell’s warning comes after Sergio Perez was severely punished by the stewards for breaking track limits, with the Mexican driver now set to start Saturday’s sprint event from 13th place. He had originally qualified fourth but was dropped after he was deemed to have ventured outside the white line at turn eight for his final Q2 run, which was eventually fast enough to get him into Q3.

“This situation, where a driver advances to the next qualifying round and is then identified as someone who has exceeded the limits, is not a regular occurrence and certainly not recently,” reads another statement.

“So the stewards have to see this as a new situation. The team made the point that they were both taking risks and using resources to participate in Q3. The stewards accept this point.


“However, when assessing a penalty after a session, this is no different than in any other situation. The usual penalty is to delete the relevant lap time and the stewards give the same penalty here.

“However, as a result, the driver would not have advanced to Q3 and so the stewards are ordering, in fairness to all other competitors, that all Q3 lap times for the driver be removed as well.”

It remains to be seen if Perez will be able to make up for some lost ground at Saturday’s sprint event in Austria, with the 32-year-old likely to be one of the fastest drivers on the track due to Red’s impressive pace bull . Russell will also be desperate to climb the rankings for Sunday’s race to increase his chances of a fourth podium finish since the start of the year.


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