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McLAREN’S THIRD PLACE SECURED AS SAINZ ESCAPES PIT PENALTY
Dec 13 2020
By Valentin Khorounzhiy

Carlos Sainz Jr and McLaren have escaped penalty for an alleged pitlane offence during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, eliminating a long-shot potential threat to McLaren’s third place in the 2020 Formula 1 constructors’ standings.
Sainz was placed under investigation during the race when he was seen significantly slowing on pitlane entry when making his sole stop during the virtual safety car period caused by Sergio Perez’s retirement.
Perez’s Racing Point team expressed its belief that Sainz’s driving served to slow down Perez’s team-mate Lance Stroll behind him.
Stroll’s race unravelled from there and he got shuffled down the order in traffic – his final 10th place not enough to prevent McLaren from overtaking Racing Point for third in the standings.
“I don’t think there is any issue to be honest,” Sainz told Sky after the race, having been under investigation for “allegedly driving unnecessarily slowly in the pitlane”.


“I was trying to be as safe as possible, knowing the chaos there was in the pitlane. Cars coming out, in.
“I hadn’t done anything I hadn’t done before in a lot of races, so I don’t really get the investigation, but I don’t know, we will see.”
With Sainz’s team-mate Lando Norris running ahead of him at that point in the race and also taking to the pits during the VSC, Sainz’s actions could’ve been interpreted as him trying to avoid a double-stack stop that would cost him valuable time and potentially drop him behind Stroll.
However, in a lengthy verdict, the stewards dismissed this as an explanation, and ruled that the move did not impact Stroll substantially.
“Car 55 [Sainz] was advised by its team [McLaren] that it was 2.4 seconds in front of car 18 [Stroll] approaching the pit entry,” the stewards’ explanation read.
“There was no instruction by the team to slow down.


“On approaching the start of the pitlane, car 55 accelerated as per normal practice, braked briefly to less than 80km/h just prior to the line and then accelerated up to 80.
“This was exactly the same as car 5 [sic, presumably car 4 of Norris]. Car 18 also braked to below 80 prior to the line, then accelerated up to 80 as it crossed the line.
“Within the pit lane, car 55 was at 80km/h for all but approximately 5 seconds when it dropped to no less than 70km/h.
“We estimate this resulted in car 55 arriving at the pitstop around 0.6 seconds later than if it had maintained a speed of 80km/h.
“Therefore, we are not of the view that this action in any way resulted in the team avoiding a ‘double stack’ situation as car 5 [sic, presumably Norris] was well clear of the pitstop at this time.
“We also accept the explanation of driver of car 55 that he was exercising a degree of caution as video evidence confirms the presence of a lot of other teams’ personnel in the pitlane at the time.
“Car 18 was able to maintain a speed of 80km/h in the pitlane except for a very short period of time (approximately 1 second) and therefore we do not consider that it was materially impacted by the actions of the driver of car 55.
“We also checked the relative speeds of the cars after leaving their pit stops and can see no evidence of car 55 driving unnecessarily slowly.”
As for why the verdict was only delivered after the race, the stewards wrote that “they normally prefer to take decisions of this nature during the race, however in this case the necessary telemetry was only available shortly before the finish”.
 

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McLAREN’S THIRD PLACE SECURED AS SAINZ ESCAPES PIT PENALTY
Dec 13 2020
By Valentin Khorounzhiy

Carlos Sainz Jr and McLaren have escaped penalty for an alleged pitlane offence during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, eliminating a long-shot potential threat to McLaren’s third place in the 2020 Formula 1 constructors’ standings.
Sainz was placed under investigation during the race when he was seen significantly slowing on pitlane entry when making his sole stop during the virtual safety car period caused by Sergio Perez’s retirement.
Perez’s Racing Point team expressed its belief that Sainz’s driving served to slow down Perez’s team-mate Lance Stroll behind him.
Stroll’s race unravelled from there and he got shuffled down the order in traffic – his final 10th place not enough to prevent McLaren from overtaking Racing Point for third in the standings.
“I don’t think there is any issue to be honest,” Sainz told Sky after the race, having been under investigation for “allegedly driving unnecessarily slowly in the pitlane”.


“I was trying to be as safe as possible, knowing the chaos there was in the pitlane. Cars coming out, in.
“I hadn’t done anything I hadn’t done before in a lot of races, so I don’t really get the investigation, but I don’t know, we will see.”
With Sainz’s team-mate Lando Norris running ahead of him at that point in the race and also taking to the pits during the VSC, Sainz’s actions could’ve been interpreted as him trying to avoid a double-stack stop that would cost him valuable time and potentially drop him behind Stroll.
However, in a lengthy verdict, the stewards dismissed this as an explanation, and ruled that the move did not impact Stroll substantially.
“Car 55 [Sainz] was advised by its team [McLaren] that it was 2.4 seconds in front of car 18 [Stroll] approaching the pit entry,” the stewards’ explanation read.
“There was no instruction by the team to slow down.


“On approaching the start of the pitlane, car 55 accelerated as per normal practice, braked briefly to less than 80km/h just prior to the line and then accelerated up to 80.
“This was exactly the same as car 5 [sic, presumably car 4 of Norris]. Car 18 also braked to below 80 prior to the line, then accelerated up to 80 as it crossed the line.
“Within the pit lane, car 55 was at 80km/h for all but approximately 5 seconds when it dropped to no less than 70km/h.
“We estimate this resulted in car 55 arriving at the pitstop around 0.6 seconds later than if it had maintained a speed of 80km/h.
“Therefore, we are not of the view that this action in any way resulted in the team avoiding a ‘double stack’ situation as car 5 [sic, presumably Norris] was well clear of the pitstop at this time.
“We also accept the explanation of driver of car 55 that he was exercising a degree of caution as video evidence confirms the presence of a lot of other teams’ personnel in the pitlane at the time.
“Car 18 was able to maintain a speed of 80km/h in the pitlane except for a very short period of time (approximately 1 second) and therefore we do not consider that it was materially impacted by the actions of the driver of car 55.
“We also checked the relative speeds of the cars after leaving their pit stops and can see no evidence of car 55 driving unnecessarily slowly.”
As for why the verdict was only delivered after the race, the stewards wrote that “they normally prefer to take decisions of this nature during the race, however in this case the necessary telemetry was only available shortly before the finish”.
I had no particular opinion of Oscar Szafnauer prior to last season, but since then he has become the biggest crybaby in the pit-lane. It can't be easy needing always to praise your second driver because he is the boss's son, but Szafnauer has become insufferable.
Just ask him - his drivers never make mistakes, it's always somebody else's fault, it's perfectly honorable and fair to copy another team's car, even when - by mere coincidence - that other team's Principal is a shareholder in the title sponsor and main funder of Szafnauer's team. :rolleyes:
Something in Formula One 2020 had a bad smell to it, and it was pink.
 

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I had no particular opinion of Oscar Szafnauer prior to last season, but since then he has become the biggest crybaby in the pit-lane. It can't be easy needing always to praise your second driver because he is the boss's son, but Szafnauer has become insufferable.
Just ask him - his drivers never make mistakes, it's always somebody else's fault, it's perfectly honorable and fair to copy another team's car, even when - by mere coincidence - that other team's Principal is a shareholder in the title sponsor and main funder of Szafnauer's team. :rolleyes:
Something in Formula One 2020 had a bad smell to it, and it was pink.
:) . Yeah I don’t have too much of a problem with team manager bias when supporting their teams. In this case SkySports TV seemed to be almost begging Oscar to file a complaint .... and stewards had to wait for data before making the call.
My guess is the expenditure cap prompted Mercedes to get more involved with supporting a 2nd team, similar to Red Bull-Alpha Tauri relationship. With Aston Martin (team green) now having Moers at the helm not difficult to imagine excess Mercedes F1 engineers finding employment at Aston Martin F1 which (as you suggest) involves much higher management levels than Snafnauer.
 
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