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

FIA race director Michael Masi has explained Charles Leclerc was issued with Lewis Hamilton in the GP using F1’s equivalent of the‘ yellow card‘ and not a punishment in his struggle.
Since Hamilton cranked up the pressure over the Ferrari driver midway the Mercedes driver went across the run-off location but was squeezed broad and attacked to the next chicane of Monza.
Race Control showed Leclerc a flag – the warning for’unsportsmanlike behaviour‘ – rather than issuing any time punishment, as might have happened before.
Analysing the incident on the SkyPad together with Sky Sports F1’s Anthony Davidson following the race, Masi explained:“The rules stay with regards to your car’s width of space.
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„It’s quite obvious here that Charles has squeezed Lewis and, consistent with what occurred last weekend at Spa with Pierre Gasly, because it had been the terrible sportsmanship flag, or so the black-and-white flag, that was exhibited to Car 16 for the transfer and the squeeze from the braking area“
While the black-and-flag has been in use and accessible round motorsport, Masi states it will be issued as means of an one-chance warning.
„For small infringements which are, let us call ita’professional foul‘ but do not go beyond the line, we will be completely using the flag more and more,“ he explained.
„It’s an indication to everyone that the driver’s on notice since you only get one to your own race. In the event you do it again, the drivers have been advised that every other infraction will be referred to the stewards.“
The change in strategy?
Amid extended calls to permit drivers to race more freely in scenarios that are wheel-to-wheel, with no penalties being applied, Masi says drivers and teams also have helped shaped the strategy and plans for use of the’yellow card‘.
„When there was resulting contact [from the Leclerc and Hamilton episode ] we would have looked at it in a bit more detail, however effectively under the’let’s race philosophy‘ the teams, the F1 Group, the drivers and the FIA have worked collectively on throughout the calendar year, also giving the teams that the advice at the last occasion in Spa, we will be using the white and black flag more frequently – at their request I have to state,“ additional Masi.
„And that was a prime event where everybody continued, black and white flag, motorsport’s variant of this yellow card.“
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