Carlos Sainz gets grid penalty for Lance Stroll clash
Carlos Sainz has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix for his accident with Lance Stroll in the Bahrain Formula 1 race.
Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW40 Mercedes collides with Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 on track during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on Ap
Carlos Sainz of Scuderia Toro Rosso and Spain during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on April 16, 2017 in Bahrain, Bahrain.
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He was also awarded two penalty points for a total of seven over the past 12 months.
"The stewards heard from Carlos Sainz, the driver of car 55, Lance Stroll, the driver of car 18 and the team representatives, reviewed the video evidence which showed that car 18 was on the normal racing line, car 55 left the pitlane and made a very optimistic attempt to pass car 18 into the corner," said the verdict on the incident.
"The stewards decided that the driver of car 55 was predominately to blame for causing the collision in violation of Article 27.4 of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations.
"The competitor is reminded that, in accordance with Article 12.2.4 of the FIA International Sporting Code and Article 38.3 g) of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting regulations, the above penalty is not susceptible to appeal."