As the Stowers picked their way through various events in a gutsy qualification, including two red flags and an hour-long Q1 session, the pole-man stroke came to the limelight for a possible yellow flag violation.
TV footage showed Stroh’s teammate Sergio Perez overtaking him on the track during his fastest Q3 lap, resulting in a yellow flag being waved on Turn 7. Stove still spin The information was given, but still he set his fastest time and grabbed the shock pole position.
Stuvers reviewed the incident and eventually cleared Stroh, saying that he had slowed down for the yellow flag, but that telemetry data did not show the significant time gains made elsewhere under variable conditions .
McLaren’s driver Lando Norris was also investigated for a yellow flagged incident at the end of Q1 on Nicholas Latifi’s spin turn 8.
While Norris was also deemed to be slow for the yellow flag, he still got a five-place grid penalty, which dropped him back to 16th on the grid.
So why was there such a big difference in the fines that apply to the two drivers?
This ultimately comes down to regulations, and the fact that the single-waving yellow flags were shown for Perez’s spin, but the double-waving yellow ones for Latifi.
The single-wave yellow was shown in Turn 7 following Perez’s spin, informing Strow’s engineer of the need to rest immediately. Telemetry showed that, as Strove reported, “apparently the throttle stopped, penetrated the corner, and then accelerated when it became clear about the incident”.
As Streep exited Turn 8, his engineer came back to the radio to say: “He was a yellow so keep pushing.”
This was an important message, as it was thought that the stroke had also slowed down for Perez’s spin, with double yellow flags coming in, he would have been forced to give up his lap altogether.
This is where Norris hangs up. Stuvers noted that although the McLaren driver was “not attempting to establish a quick discussion, due to changing track conditions, he nevertheless did so and thus violated the referenced rules”.
The rules under consideration are buried in Appendix H of the FIA’s International Sporting Code, which directly states the meaning of the signs of the Marsh flag.
Under the double-waving yellow flag, it reads: “Reduce your speed significantly, don’t overtake, and be ready to change direction or stop. Work on the track or next to the track and / or marshals across There is a danger of blocking or partially blocking the way.
“During free practice and qualification, it should be clear that a driver has not attempted to set a meaningful lap time”. It then clarifies that “this means that the driver must abandon the lap”, although there is no need for a pit.
So since the track was significantly improved and drivers were offered huge benefits, even when they were trying to stop back and leave, Norris’ improvement was enough to impose a large penalty.
And in Stroh’s case, the fact that it was just a wavy yellow meant that he was free to meet his shock charge for Pole’s position, and ensures that his story didn’t end on a sour note. Had happened.