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Zhou questions track limits penalty in Austria

Guanyu Zhou at the Austrian GP. Credits: Reddit.

Guanyu Zhou believes that he did not gain advantage by going off the track during the Austrian Grand Prix.

Zhou was one of the drivers that received a five-second time penalty for violating track limits during the Austrian GP. However, the Alfa Romeo driver did not agree with all warnings.

“To be honest, I knew I was off a couple of times,” he said.

“But some of the penalties I was actually quite surprised about, because I was behind Yuki [Tsunoda] and he was picking them up as well.

“I feel like very often when I went over the track limits I was probably slower. In those scenarios, I actually went off and lifted off.

“That’s not ideal in this case. With the newer, bigger wheels the visibility is much lower than before.”

Zhou finished the race at the Red Bull Ring in 14th place. The Chinese driver revealed that he had issues with the hard tires.

“It wasn’t the best weekend, but in the race I think the problem was just the hard tires, we just couldn’t switch them on.

“For me, it was all degradation, and not getting any reward from it.

“If I was to go back, I would go back to the medium tires, because the mediums we had on for 20 or 30 laps, [and] I felt we found the pace again we had in qualifying.”


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