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Sport Perez/Kvyat Spanish GP penalties first in FIA crackdown on F1 blue flags

14:40  17 august  2020
14:40  17 august  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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Racing Point driver Sergio Perez is given a five-second penalty for holding up Lewis Hamilton under blue flags at the 2020 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Download the Official F 1 App.

Despite his penalty , Perez was pleased to see Racing Point move up to third place in the F 1 constructors' standings even with its 15-point deduction following its FIA brake AlphaTauri's Daniil Kvyat was also handed a five-second time penalty for ignoring blue flags during the Spanish GP .

a motorcycle is parked on the side of a road: Perez/Kvyat penalties from FIA crackdown on blue flags © LAT Images Perez/Kvyat penalties from FIA crackdown on blue flags

The penalties handed to Sergio Perez and Daniil Kvyat for ignoring blue flags in the Spanish Grand Prix were the first as part of a new crackdown by the FIA.

Both Perez and Kvyat were hit with a five-second time penalty for failing to adhere to blue flags in the closing stages of the race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as they were lapped by the leading cars.

Perez was penalised for failing to move out of the way of race leader Lewis Hamilton through the final sector of the track, instead moving aside on the start/finish straight.

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Stewards said that Perez had "ignored blue flags from at least Turn 6 to Turn 1 of the following lap". "The penalty was harsh," he told Sky Sports F 1 . "I got the call out of [turn] nine and into 10 Lewis was very far, so the first opportunity I thought I had was turn one because the final sector is very narrow

The Racing Point driver called the penalty "very unfair" after it dropped him from fourth place on the road to fifth in the final classification.

AlphaTauri's Kvyat was also found to have failed to obey blue flags between Turn 6 and Turn 1 at the start of the next lap when being lapped, but remained 12th despite the five-second penalty.

FIA race director Michael Masi explained the sanctions came about as a result of talks with drivers about being stricter in enforcing the blue flag rules earlier this year.

"My view with both of those, they effectively took way too long," Masi said.

"It was something that we discussed at the drivers' briefing following the first Austria event actually, so at the Styrian Grand Prix drivers' meeting.

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Lewis Hamilton dominated the Spanish Grand Prix for Mercedes at Barcelona, round six of the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship. Perez (who got a 5s penalty for ignoring blue flags ) and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel went for ambitious one -stop strategies. Even with his time penalty , Perez kept the

"It was discussed that there would be much more of a crackdown on blue flags this year. This is again the first place that we've seen [it in place with] two cars in particular, the two that got penalised.

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"The regulations say along the lines of you should effectively allow the other car to pass at the first available opportunity.

"There's a level of discretion within it to allow reasonable elements with the other cars, but those two were clearly excessive, and referred those to the stewards accordingly.

"For me, they imposed the right penalty of a five-second penalty for not doing so."

Masi revealed he was contacted by team managers from rival teams after the race to thank him for taking such swift action on the matter.

"It seemed to be that after that from the blue flag report that I've got, it was acknowledged up and down pitlane," Masi said.

"I actually had a number of team managers ring, and say they were really glad to see people penalised for not obeying blue flags."

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