Stewards dismiss protests against Perez and Verstappen

Stewards dismiss protests against Perez and Verstappen

Stewards dismiss protests against Perez and Verstappen
Sergio Perez will keep his win at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, while Max Verstappen’s third place also stands, as the Stewards dismissed the protest lodged by Ferrari.

After losing out to Red Bull at the Monaco Grand Prix, Ferrari lodged a protest against Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen, claiming both drivers did not respect the pit exit rules that state the driver has to remain on the right of the yellow line.

Both Red Bull drivers were summoned to the Stewards who have found that there has been no wrongdoing, hence dismissing the Ferrari’s protest.

Sergio Perez’s case was straight forward as after deliberations, the FIA released document #60 that said: “At the hearing Ferrari conceded that Car 11 did not have any part of its front or rear tyres on the left of the yellow line and conceded that the Protest was unfounded.”

The Stewards thus dismissed the protest.

As for Max Verstappen, matters were a bit more complicated, but the end result exonerated the Duchman according to document # 59 posted by the FIA.

The document stated that: “While Car 1 did have part of its front left and rear left tyre on the left side of the yellow line.

“All parties agreed that most of the left front and left rear tyres of that car remained on the yellow line.

“In this case, the car did not “cross” the line – to do so it would have needed to have a full wheel to the left of the yellow line,” the document added.

“Accordingly the driver did not breach the relevant section of the Code and this takes precedent over any interpretation of the Notes,” was the final decision.

With Monaco’s result being upheld, Red Bull now leads Ferrari by 36 points in the Formula 1 Constructors’ Standings, while Max Verstappen’s lead over Charles Leclerc in the Drivers’ Championship is now nine points, with Sergio Perez on six points behind the Monegasque in third.