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Hulkenberg avoids penalty for cutting chicane

  • Published on 07 Sep 2019 21:30
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  • By: Richard Fletcher

Nico Hulkenberg has been cleared by the stewards and told that no further action is required for that charge. He left the track and took to the safety road through the chicane causing other drivers to slow to ensure he kept his position. 

The Renault driver was summoned to see the stewards after the chaos of Q3 to explain why he missed the chicane. The stewards reviewed video evidence along with GPS data and team radio.

The German driver told stewards that he missed the corner because he was focused on the cars behind him and the evidence from the car backed up his story. 

A Renault representative was able to present evidence that he was in a higher gear than the previous lap and was driving at the same speed which backed up his explanation.

The stewards said that the relevant rule states that the driver must 'deliberately' leave the track and that they were unable to determine that Hulkenberg's actions were deliberate. 

However Hulkenberg is still under investigation alongside Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz Jr for driving unnecessarily slowly. Sebastian Vettel has also been summoned to answer charges that he left the track and gained an advantage. 

 

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  • Dert38

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    it was rainy o.o

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    • Sep 7 2019 - 22:53
    • siggy74

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      More like i saw 9 drips on the track at the same time ;p

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      • Sep 7 2019 - 22:57
  • abhidbgt

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    What I don't get is the criticism of Lewis Hamilton that it was deliberately done by Ferrari. I mean if the Mercedes were so sure of putting a better lap in, then why not go a bit early. And it's rich coming from them after all the time they pull the dummies on everyone with their practice starts at the start of session in the pit lane to get a tow.

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    • Sep 8 2019 - 07:02
    • Lewis likely is playing mindgames, or maybe he hadn't seen the footage before making such accusations.

      I frankly blame everyone, I don't understand why the hell they have to go at the same time in the the last minute. I get going one more time, but with only a couple of seconds to spare? What's the point of that? I feel like I'm missing something because they do it all the time

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      • Sep 9 2019 - 16:18

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