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today is Jul 05, 2022

It was a wild twist to an already chaotic Monaco Grand Prix: Ferrari protesting both Red Bull drivers after their win and a third-place finish in the principality. After what felt like the longest wait, BOTH cases were dismissed by the FIA Stewards – but why?

During the hearing, representatives from both Red Bull and Ferrari were present alongside F1 Race Director Eduardo Freitas. 

Sergio Perez’s case was fairly easy. The decision document stated that “Ferrari conceded that [Perez’s car] did not have any part of its front or rear tyres on the left of the yellow line and conceded that the protest was unfounded.” 

However, Max’s incident was a little more complex. 

WHAT DID FERRARI CLAIM?

Ferrari claimed that “on the exit from the pits on lap 23, [Verstappen’s car] put part of its left front and rear tyres on the tarmac on the LEFT side of the yellow line.”

The Scuderia also believed that this was in breach of the Race Director’s Event Notes and that similar actions had previously resulted in a penalty being applied. An example of Yuki Tsunoda in Austria last year was also referenced in the document.

Ferrari also claimed that the Race Director Event Notes “indicate to the teams how they are to act and the teams abide by them” even if they contradict the International Sporting Code.

HOW DID RED BULL REACT?

However, Red Bull argued back that Max’s car was still to the right of the yellow line and that “there was no breach of the International Sporting Code”. 

WHAT DID THE RACE DIRECTOR SAY?

Freitas, who was on his second weekend of the job, referenced that “Article 5 of Appendix L of the ISC had changed from 2021 to 2022”.

In an embarrassing twist, he also revealed that his Event Notes from the weekend had been a “cut and paste” from the 2021 version and hadn’t been “changed to reflect the 2022 Appendix L changes.” 

Awks. 

WHAT WAS THE DECISION OF THE PARTIES?

Red Bull, Ferrari and the Race Director agreed that Max did have part of his front left and rear tyre on the left-hand side of the yellow line, and that most of the left front and left rear tyres of that car remained on the yellow line.

HOW DID MAX GET AWAY WITH IT?

The Stewards also reviewed a similar incident from last year’s Monaco GP involving Lance Stroll but determined the following:

  1. Article 2.1 of the 2022 Formula One Sporting Regulations provides that “All…officials..undertake to observe all the provisions of …the Code, …..the Formula One Sporting Regulations…”.
  2. This places an obligation on the Race Director (and the Stewards) to comply with those regulations.
  3. Accordingly, the Notes issued by the Race Director cannot contradict the Code or the Formula One Sporting Regulations.
  4. Article 5 c) of Chapter IV of Appendix L of the Code stipulates that at the pit exit a car “must not cross” the line.
  5. In this 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.
  6. Accordingly the driver did not breach the relevant section of the Code and this takes precedent over any interpretation of the Notes.

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