UPDATE: Norris was let off for driving unnecessarily slowly as the stewards noted that Hamilton slowed to allow the McLaren to pass but he didn’t do it due to yellow flags.
“The Stewards heard from the driver of Car 44 (Lewis Hamilton), the driver of Car 4 (Lando Norris) and the team representatives, and examined video, radio communication and GPS evidence,” said the stewards. “Car 4 was following car 44 when the latter slowed in an effort to get car 4 to pass. The driver of car e time yellow flags were displayed at the next marshal post.
This effectively means that teams allocated pits at the exit of the pit lane will always have to exit last unless they choose to leave their garage significantly earlier
“Although car 4 was driven slowly, there was no potential danger to any other driver, this occurred on a straight section of road where visibility was not an issue, and there was room for the car behind (car 3) to pass if the driver of that car had wanted to. ”
At the same time, for Hamilton, the stewards added: “The Stewards heard from the driver of Car 44 (Lewis Hamilton), the driver of Car 4 (Lando Norris) and the team representatives, and examined video, radio communication and GPS evidence. The driver, in evidence, stated that he did slow down in order to endeavour to be passed by car 4, to achieve a “tow” on his fast lap, however car 4 obviously had the same intent and decided not to pass him.
All three cars (cars 44, 4 and 3) were on “out” laps at the time
“Although car 44 was slow, the Stewards note that for the lap the delta time was respected, the driver pulled over to the left and off the racing line, this occurred on a straight where visibility was not an issue and there was no potential danger at any point, to any other driver. The three cars on this portion of track at the time (cars 44, 4 and 3) were all on “out” laps.”
There was no further action for both Magnussen and Schumacher after unsafe release where the two Haas drivers were positioned in the pitlane for their qualifying runs but not in the fastlane. It was because there was no space for them to fit in the fastlane.
“The Stewards heard from the driver of Car 20 (Kevin Magnussen), and the team representative, and examined video and radio calls,” said the stewards. “The team manager of Car 20 explained that the team prepared the cars for the session in the normal manner and timeframe but that other cars lined up very early for the start of that session. The Stewards accept that the positioning of the pit garage for the team made it impossible in the circumstances for either team car to line up in order in the fast lane, in view of number of cars that were already there.
“It is noted that both cars silversingles verwijderen departed in a safe manner, and further that it would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the team to determine which order the cars should depart, leaving the only option as starting behind all other cars. The Stewards recommend that this particular regulation be examined, as this case is almost identical to that involving Williams Racing in Mexico 2021, where no further action was taken.”
Russell (1ms) managed to take fifth from Gasly (1ms), as Hamilton (1m2.924s) put himself in seventh from Tsunoda (1ms), Vettel (1ms) and Alonso (1ms) in the Top 10.