A bitter-tasting penalty for Leclerc and Ferrari


Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto saw red when he learned that the stewards of the Japanese Grand Prix had decided to sanction Charles Leclerc.

Mattia Binotto believes that the penalty imposed on Charles Leclerc just after the arrival of the Japanese Grand Prix was not justified.

So under pressure from Sergio Pérez, the Monegasque missed his last braking on the final lap of the race, which forced him to short-circuit the chicane. In doing so, Leclerc had gained an advantage over his Mexican rival which the marshals had quickly penalized with a five-second penalty, causing him to lose his second place.

“I am very surprised and very disappointedcomments the boss of the Scuderia Ferrari. Seven days after Singapore, where they took a long time to decide, because they had to listen to the pilots involved in the incident before making a decision which was nevertheless simple and obvious, today they decided in a few seconds. »

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“I am surprised by such different behavior between Singapore and here, in just a few days. In my view, Charles got no advantage. He was in front, he stayed in front. He had a gap, he kept the same gap at the finish. So it’s still debatable, but that’s what they decided. What we accept, even if we consider that there was no reason to penalize Charles today. »

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