Charles Leclerc’s Italian GP ‘yellow card’ explained by F1 race director

POSTED BY Patricia MacDowell 20 November 2019

FIA race director Michael Masi has explained Charles Leclerc was issued together with F1’s equivalent of the’yellow card’ and not a penalty in his conflict with Lewis Hamilton from the GP.
Since Hamilton cranked up the pressure midway during the race, the Mercedes driver attacked into the next chicane of Monza but was squeezed wide and went round the run-off location.
Race Control showed Leclerc a black-and-white flag – that the warning for’unsportsmanlike behaviour’ – instead of just about any time penalty, as might have occurred in the past.
Analysing the episode on the SkyPad together with Sky Sports F1’s Anthony Davidson after the race, Masi explained:”The principles stay with respect to your car’s width of room.
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“It’s rather obvious here that Charles has squeezed Lewis as well as consistent with that which occurred last weekend at Spa with Pierre Gasly, because it was the lousy sportsmanship flag, along with so the black-and-white flag, which was exhibited to Automobile 16 for the move and the squeeze in the cruising area.”
Though the black-and-flag has been in use and accessible round motorsport, Masi says it will be issued as means of an warning.
“For small infringements that are, let us call ita’professional foul’ but don’t go beyond the line, we’ll be completely employing the black-and-white flag more and longer,” he said.
“it is an indication to everyone that the motorist’s on notice as you just get one for the race. If you do it again, the drivers have been advised that every other infraction will be referred to the stewards.”
Why the change in approach?
Amid calls to permit drivers to race more freely in wheel-to-wheel circumstances, with no penalties always being applied, Masi says teams and drivers have helped shaped the revised approach and plans for use of the’card’.
“If there was resulting contact [in the Leclerc and Hamilton episode ] we’d have looked at it in a little more detail, however effectively under the’let’s race philosophy’ the teams, the F1 Group, the drivers and the FIA have worked collectively on during the calendar year, and giving the teams that the guidance at the last occasion in Spa, we’ll be using the black and white flag more frequently – in their request I must say,” added Masi.
“That was a prime event where everybody continuedblack and white flag, motorsport’s version of this yellow card”
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