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No further action taken on Kvyat/Raikkonen, Russell/Grosjean crashes

  • Published on 22 Sep 2019 18:12
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

The stewards have opted to take no further action for the collision that eliminated Kimi Raikkonen from the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Finn came into contact with Daniil Kvyat at the first corner as the Toro Rosso driver attempted an overtake by taking the inside line.

However, the two clashed which resulted in a broken suspension for Raikkonen, forcing the Finn to retire from his first race of the season. 

"Kvyat explained that he saw that Raikkonen was slowing and harvesting into Turn 1," read a stewards statement.

"He moved to the inside and attempted to make the pass. He was on soft tyres. The stewards accepted his explanation that he felt he could make the corner. Raikkonen explained that he had seen Kvyat earlier, but had not expected him to be so far into the corner when he turned in.

"Both drivers explained to the stewards that in their opinion this was a racing incident. The stewards determined to take no further action."

No further action was also the decision for the collision between George Russell and Romain Grosjean, with the latter being put out of the race as a result. 

"As the drivers exited Turn 7 Grosjean got a run on Russell on the outside of Turn 8. Grosjean was fully alongside Russell at the entry to Turn 8 with the cars wheel to wheel," read the statement.

"Through the apex of Turn 8, Grosjean remained alongside, but as Russell had the inside line he was able to start pulling ahead.

"As the cars exited Turn 8, the Stewards determined that both cars held their line, but that those lines converged and with both drivers racing hard, the collision resulted. The Stewards determined that both drivers contributed to the incident, and that both drivers could have mitigated the incident.

"As the Stewards decided that neither driver was wholly or predominantly at fault, they determined to take No Further Action."

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  • Okay with Kvyat vs Kimi, but Rus vs Gro? I honestly think Grosjean deserved a penalty for that move. Reckless, as usual.

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    • Sep 22 2019 - 18:41
    • Same. A bit surprised that Grosjean didn't even get once of those infamous black and white flags

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      • Sep 22 2019 - 21:35
    • f1ski

      Posts: 539

      Russel said it perfectly when said it was what he should have expected. If I were haas I would rescind my offer if Hulkenberg would take less with incentives

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      • Sep 23 2019 - 00:14
  • I just watched the replay a few times in slow speed of both races and I think it was good no-calls on both. Russell was getting a bit cheeky on the radio blaming GRO but there was no reason to try to put GRO in the wall. GRO backed off and kept his car on the track and RUS didn't really need to cut over so much. JMO as the saying goes. Same with Kimi and KVY, racing incident.

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    • Sep 25 2019 - 06:12

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