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Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Monaco, 2022

Sergio Perez has kept his victory in the Monaco Grand Prix, and team mate Max Verstappen his third place, after the stewards Ferrari’s protest against the pair.

Ferrari alleged both drivers had violated the rules by crossing the pit lane exit line during the race.

However following lengthy deliberations, the stewards deemed both drivers had complied with the requirement not to cross the yellow line dividing the pit lane exit and track.

In the case of Perez, the stewards ruled no part of his tyres came in contact with the asphalt to the left of the line, and he was therefore in compliance with the rules.

Verstappen’s tyres were found to have partially crossed the line. The stewards said both teams agreed “part of its front left and rear left tyre [were] on the left side of the yellow line”.

However they also agreed “most of the left front and left rear tyres of that car remained on the yellow line.”

They therefore deemed that in Verstappen’s case “the car did not ‘cross’ the line – to do so it would have needed to have a full wheel to the left of the yellow line.” As a result he was also found to have complied with the rules and, like Perez, the protest against him was dismissed.

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