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Leclerc escapes penalty in Russian Grand Prix

Leclerc escapes penalty in Russian Grand Prix

By Stephanie Horsman - September 28, 2020

After a few dismal showings, Charles Leclerc clawed his way to a sixth place finish at the Russian Grand Prix, but the race was not without controversy.

Racing Point pilot Lance Stroll was clearly irritated that Charles Leclerc escaped penalty for clipping him and putting him out of the race in the opening lap at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday.

In an interview with Formula1.com, The Canadian pilot said rather churlishly, “Very sloppy from his part and I gave him all the room. I’m quite surprised that he didn’t get a penalty. I gave him plenty of room, I did the whole corner on the outside and he just tagged my right rear.”

“He could have avoided it. He didn’t have to run so wide into me, so I think it’s kind of ridiculous that he didn’t get a penalty,” he added.

Leclerc slid down the inside on the fourth turn and clipped Stroll’s right rear upon exiting the corner. This caused Stroll to spin out into the wall, ending his race before it had hardly begun. 

For Leclerc’s part, he went on to have one of his best races of late, bringing his Ferrari in at sixth place. The Monegasque didn’t seem fazed by the incident, posting on his Twitter account that he was, “Back in the points today, P6. Some positive signs for the future.”

Meanwhile, the wacky weekend continued as Lewis Hamilton accused F1 bosses of giving him two-five second penalties because they are “out to get him”, thus denying him a record-tying all-time win tally. The win, which would have been his 91st – equalling the record set by racing legend Michael Schumacher, was handed instead to his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas who came in 7.7 seconds before Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

 

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