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‘Dummy’ pit stops outlawed following Mercedes trick

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'Dummy' pit stops outlawed following Mercedes trick
Following Mercedes tried a “dummy” pit stop at the British Grand Prix, the governing body FIA have outlawed the perform.

Mercedes tried to trick Williams into making an early pit stop – but failed, at the British Grand Prix.

On lap 14 of 52, Mercedes sent its pit squad out in to the pit lane to try force Williams in to an early stop, but with neither Williams driver reacting the pit crew were withdrawn, It didn’t work however.

Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, spoke of the incident following the race – “We know that Williams has more difficulties in making the tyres last at the end and we knew that triggering an early stop would make them think, are we able to do that? It could trigger them into a pit stop,” he said.

“It was a bit of a game, which didn’t function. My wife [Williams test driver, Susie Wolff] sent me a WhatsApp message, saying: ‘You guys think you can fool us, hah, hah, hah’.

But, FIA race director Charlie Whiting has now reminded teams that they’ll face punishment if the governing body can prove their intent.

“Going into the pit lane like this, for no valid reason, is not allowed but the difficulty would be proving it was a clear breach,” Reuters quoted him as saying on Thursday.

“I have no intention of giving them a few chances and will talk to all the teams in Hungary about this and warning them that we will want to see (and hear) evidence that they were actually intending to stop.”

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