Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz has been handed a three-place grid penalty for next round Russian Grand Prix following race stewards assessed him ‘predominantly to blame’ for the crash resulted that DNF for him and Williams’ F1 rookie Lance Stroll from Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Both drivers blamed each other for the crash and were summoned to see the stewards after the race. The Spaniard was also received a two penalty points for a total of seven over the past 12 months.
“The stewards heard from Carlos Sainz, the driver of car 55, Lance Stroll, the driver of car 18 and the team representatives, reviewed the video evidence which showed that car 18 was on the normal racing line, car 55 left the pitlane and made a very optimistic attempt to pass car 18 into the corner,” said the verdict on the incident. read a statement from the FIA.
“The stewards decided that the driver of car 55 was predominately to blame for causing the collision in violation of Article 27.4 of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations.
“The competitor is reminded that, in accordance with Article 12.2.4 of the FIA International Sporting Code and Article 38.3 g) of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting regulations, the above penalty is not susceptible to appeal.”