Lance Stroll has been given a three-place grid penalty for the Australian Grand Prix for causing a collision with Nicholas Latifi during qualifying.
The stewards held Stroll responsible for the collision at the end of Q1, which tore the left-rear wheel off Latifi’s car and triggered a substantial crash. They accused him of showing a lack of awareness by pulling to the right as he was being passed by Latifi, who he had overtaken moments earlier.
“[Latifi] pulled off course to the left and slowed at the exit of turn four to let cars by, the last of which was [Stroll],” the stewards explained.
“At the exit of turn five, Stroll appeared to not accelerate and was in the middle of the track. Latifi made the decision to accelerate and pass Stroll on the right as Stroll was moving right toward the right-hand edge of the track where the track curves slightly to the right on the run to turn six.
“Contact was made between Stroll’s right-front wheel and Latifi’s left-rear wheel, with the subsequent damage putting both cars out of the session. The stewards find that Stroll was predominantly to blame for the collision because of his lack of situational awareness of Latifi’s passing manoeuvre.”
Stroll was also given two penalty points on his licence. He now has a total of seven.
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24 comments on “Stroll handed inconsequential three-place grid penalty for Latifi collision”
9th April 2022, 10:16
9th April 2022, 22:40
what? what is race direction doing? How can race direction even do worse than what Masi was doing?
At Jeddah Abon got penalized for a racing incident, now worse, they penalize the wrong guy, again I think they have suffered enough but clearly if anyone was to be penalised it is Latifi. Latifi was erratic and took a strange decision.
9th April 2022, 10:18
Let’s look at the upside, young Mr Stroll won’t have to worry about cars in his mirrors for at least 15 laps on Sunday.
After that, well, he’ll probably be better off parking the car.
9th April 2022, 10:27
Stroll at fault but don’t think Latifi should have risked putting his car where he did
9th April 2022, 10:45
Probably Stroll is “more at fault” but Latifi was reckless too, as he accelerated all of a sudden, tried an inside pass at a right hander and fell on the blind spot of Stroll’s right mirror.
Keith Campbell (@keithedin)
9th April 2022, 11:15
@elio To be fair, everywhere is a blind spot in Stroll’s mirrors.
9th April 2022, 11:46
@keithedin to be fairer, Latifi accelerated to stay alongside Stroll as Stroll was completing the pass. Then he slammed the gas pedal as Stroll was turning to the right. Latifi was absolutely stupid, doing what he did, regardless of how much we can say Stroll should’ve been looking in his mirrors.
Kerry Maxwell (@kerrymaxwell)
9th April 2022, 17:09
9th April 2022, 17:30
Exactly my point.
9th April 2022, 10:36
Did he at least get a penalty point or two, or did I miss that in the article?
9th April 2022, 10:56
Yeah, at least 2 in my opinion
9th April 2022, 21:47
9th April 2022, 11:01
He should’ve equally got penalized for the Albon incident. At least this one went the right way round.
9th April 2022, 22:42
@jerejj in my view both went the wrong way. fia should have remained neutral on both, both got their penalty.
Not Nico Hülkenberg
9th April 2022, 11:10
How about a race ban?
9th April 2022, 11:24
He was just strolling there
Barry Bens (@barryfromdownunder)
9th April 2022, 11:32
For a guy who couldn’t find his rainlights, I’m not surprised.
HT Onk (@pweb87)
9th April 2022, 18:13
For a guy who could’t find the energy button, I‘m not surprised.
9th April 2022, 12:01
I think they’ve been too lenient on Stroll. The penalty points should have been higher.
9th April 2022, 13:26
Shows that even the finest driver on the grid and next world champion (©L Stroll) can make a mistake. Often.
9th April 2022, 13:40
Have to admit I actually thought the incident was more Latifi’s fault, but seems the consensus as well as the ruling shows Stroll to blame. Latifi was driving around like it was a video game. He was in absolute cruise mode, off the track letting Stroll past, then he thinks better of it and tries to dart past in a narrow gap.
9th April 2022, 22:43
Agree with you Dan, it was a completely confusing move by Latifi. Stroll’s awareness aside it would not be logical that a driver who was off track a moment earlier would be steaming up the inside by the next turn, on an in lap. Both drivers should have been penalized, in my opinion.
Mark in Florida
9th April 2022, 18:17
As much as I dislike Stroll, I feel that Latifi was the main culprit in this situation. As usual Latifi was all over the place with his car. He let Stroll by then sped up to try and pass on the inside. He had already acquiesced the position why floor it just as someone is turning into the corner? Latifi just looks pitiful lately. He has become the new Maldonado. I’m not looking for him to stay at Williams past this year. With this new budget cap in place Williams can’t afford a crash magnet like Latifi.
Jim from US (@jimfromus)
9th April 2022, 21:42
Stroll was snoozing out there and was mostly to blame. Latifi is channeling Mazispin this year and will single handedly bankrupt his team.
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