The stewards have penalized Lance Stroll for causing a collision with Nicholas Latifi during the Australian GP qualifying.
Stroll and Latifi collided at the end of Q1. The Williams driver let his compatriot pass at first, but then tried to overtake him back when Stroll slowed down. That resulted in a crash. Both cars were severely damaged and the day was over for them.
After the hearing, the stewards decided to give Stroll a 3-place grid penalty and 2 penalty points. The penalty would not affect Stroll’s position on the starting grid as he failed to set a lap time in qualifying and finished the session 20th.
“Latifi pulled off course to the left and slowed at the exit of turn 4 to let cars by, the last of which was Stroll. At the exit of turn 5, Stroll appeared to not accelerate and was in the middle of the track,” the verdict read.
“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 6. 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 maneuver.”