September 25, 2021

Stroll’s Turkey pole stands after investigation

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Stewards looking at whether Stroll contravened regulations when passing single yellow flags at the end of his pole-winning Q3; McLaren’s Norris also facing stewards, while Sainz given three-place grid drop for Perez block

By James Galloway

Last Updated: 14/11/20 4:19pm

Surprise Turkish GP polesitter Lance Stroll has been called to stewards for a potential yellow-flag infringement during the chaotic wet Turkish GP qualifying session.

Stewards are looking at whether Stroll slowed sufficiently for single-waved yellow flags in the closing minutes of his pole-winning Q3. Team-mate Sergio Perez had triggered yellow flags by running off the circuit.

McLaren’s Lando Norris, who qualified 11th on a disappointing Saturday for the British team, is also facing the stewards for an alleged yellow flag infringement in Q1 when Nicholas Latifi spun off in the Williams.

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Lance Stroll was delighted to secure his maiden career pole in Istanbul after ‘a rough couple of months’

Lance Stroll was delighted to secure his maiden career pole in Istanbul after ‘a rough couple of months’

Race Control had said during qualifying that all lap times set under yellow flags at the end of Q1 would be investigated, but only Norris has been called to the stewards so far in regards to that first session.

Sainz penalised for Perez block

Meanwhile, in a further Saturday night investigation, stewards handed McLaren’s Carlos Sainz a three-place grid drop for impeding Racing Point’s Sergio Perez during Q2.

The penalty drops Sainz to 16th on Sunday’s grid.

The stewards ruled: “Car 55 [Sainz] was exiting the pits as Car 11 [Perez] passed through turn 1. Car 11 caught up to Car 55 in turn 2/3 and was unnecessarily impeded by Car 55 at that point and through several subsequent turns.

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Sergio Perez finished third in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix, while Racing Point team-mate Lance Stroll clinched his maiden pole around Istanbul Park.

Sergio Perez finished third in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix, while Racing Point team-mate Lance Stroll clinched his maiden pole around Istanbul Park.

“While extraordinary track conditions clearly impacted the situation, radio communications from the team clearly warned Car 55 that Car 11 was behind him.”

Sainz also had a penalty point added to his superlicence, a first for the Spaniard in the last 12 months.

More to follow…