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Williams Racing Faces €5,000 Fine for Incident During Singapore GP Qualifying

In a recent development at the Singapore Grand Prix qualifying session, Williams Racing has been fined €5,000. The fine was imposed following an incident where Logan Sargeant impeded Lance Stroll, yet avoided a grid penalty.

Key Takeaways:

  • Incident Details: Logan Sargeant of Williams Racing was under investigation for obstructing Lance Stroll’s car at Turn 8 during the Singapore Grand Prix qualifying session. The Stewards confirmed that Sargeant did impede Stroll.
  • Team Responsibility and Penalty: The Stewards’ decision to fine Williams instead of penalizing Sargeant hinged on the team’s failure to inform the driver about Stroll’s approach. This lack of communication was deemed a key factor in the incident.
  • Race Positioning: Despite the incident, Sargeant is set to start the race in eighteenth position, with teammate Alex Albon starting fourteenth. Carlos Sainz leads the grid, followed by George Russell and Charles Leclerc.

In an eventful qualifying session for the Singapore Grand Prix, Williams Racing found themselves in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. The team was handed a fine of €5,000, following an incident involving their driver, Logan Sargeant. The American racer was scrutinized for impeding Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll during a crucial moment at Turn 8.

The incident was thoroughly investigated by the Grand Prix Stewards. They reviewed various evidences, including the position and marshalling system data and team radio communications. The official document from the Stewards highlighted the specifics of the incident: “The Stewards heard from the driver of Car 2 (Logan Sargeant), team representative and reviewed position/marshalling system data, and team radio evidence. Car 2 clearly impeded Car 18 and Turn 8. However in mitigation of penalty for the driver, the Stewards considered the fact that the team made no radio communication to warn him of the approach of Car 18.”

This lack of communication from the Williams team was a crucial factor in their decision to impose a fine rather than penalize the driver directly. The document emphasized the importance of drivers receiving accurate warnings about the approach of other vehicles, particularly during qualifying sessions. The statement concluded: “It is essential, especially in Qualification, drivers be given sufficient and accurate warning of the approach of another vehicle. Accordingly and consistent with previous decisions, a fine is imposed on the Competitior [Williams Racing], who admitted that it had failed to provide an appropriate warning.”

Despite the setback, Sargeant is scheduled to start the race from the eighteenth position, showcasing his resilience and focus. His teammate, Alex Albon, will start somewhat ahead in fourteenth place. The grid is led by Carlos Sainz, followed closely by George Russell and Charles Leclerc, setting the stage for what promises to be an exhilarating race in Singapore.

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