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Italian GP: Hulkenberg, Sainz and Stroll escape penalties

Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll all escaped penalties and were each landed with a reprimand after all three were marked as the culprits of what was arguably Formula 1's strangest qualifying Q3 session. Stewards declared that all three driver "played a significant role in the banking up of cars at a critical stage of the final out lap for Q3", a banking up that cost everyone dearly.


As the time ticked down all he drivers were waiting to see who would bite first as the tow at Monza gave an advantage of 0.5 seconds, an advantage vital to succeed around the famous Italian circuit. As soon as the drivers fed out of the pit lane the chaos ensued with Hulkenberg missing the first chicane, claiming he was focusing on all the cars behind him. Coming around Curve Grande both Hulkenberg and Sainz were at the head of the pack, driving slowly and waiting for someone to make their moved. The Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel furiously waved his hand in disgust as he couldn't find a way past the two at the front.


With viewers at home baffled and commentators questioning what was going, the drivers finally put their foot down but to little avail. The Q3 session was an embarrassing misjudgement from the teams and especially the drivers, with only Sainz and Leclerc able to beat the clock and cross the line to complete another lap. An underwhelming end to one of F1's strangest session.



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