Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was handed two penalty points on his super-licence for ran over the white line going into the pit lane pit lane entrance during Baku F1 race.
A driver who earns 12 penalty points during a 12-month period will be banned for one race.
The Finn was also given a five-second penalty, but the time penalty didn’t affect him as Force India driver Sergio Perez overtook him on the final lap to claim P3 on the road rather than by a technicality.
FIA Stewards Decision
The Stewards, having received a report from the Race Director, examined video evidence, have considered the following matter, determine a breach of the regulations has been committed by the competitor named below and impose the penalty referred to.
Fact – Car 7 crossed the white line at the Pit Entry with all four wheels and did not enter the Pit Lane.
Offence – Breach of Appendix L, Chapter IV, Article 4 of the FIA International Sporting Code.
Decision – 5 Second Time Penalty (2 penalty points awarded, 5 points total for the 12 month period). Reason The driver crossed the white line separating the pit entry with all four wheels and did not enter the pit lane, as required in the Race Director’s Event Notes (item 6.3).
Raikkonen said that, he understood the rule; but not gained an advantage by running over the white line.
“I kind of understand the rule about crossing the line but it’s a bit stupid as you gain absolutely nothing from it to go over it.” said Raikkonen.
“Unfortunately, I got the penalty.
“I tried to keep five seconds to the next guy but twice I ended up following a Sauber and a Haas for more than one lap and lost a lap-time. The same guy who gave me a penalty should then do his job and give the blue flags.
“Small issues but the speed was more or less there. Overall, a bit disappointed with a difficult weekend. Wasn’t a disaster but not a lot of fun.”