Mercedes and other teams escape punishmet over pit stop infringements

© Jiri Krenek for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd.

Mercedes has been summoned to the stewards after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for an infringement that happened during Lewis Hamilton’s pit stop. Ultimately no penalties were handed out.

After the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Mercedes has been summoned to the stewards, along with representatives from all other teams for infringements that happened during pit stops.

The FIA noted that Mercedes completed Hamilton’s pit stop without wearing the correct eye protection. This also happened during Pierre Gasly, Max Verstappen, Logan Sargeant and Zhou Guanyu’s pit stops.

After the race, the FIA realeased this statement:

“A representative of each team is required to report to the stewards at 1945 hrs in relation to an alleged breach of Article 34.13 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations by your team personnel during today’s race (use of appropriate eye protection).”

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Ultimately the FIA said “the video evidence was in some cases insufficiently clear to determine where for example, a visor was open, the team member concerned may have been wearing glasses or other eye protection”.

“Notwithstanding, there were numerous examples of eye protection not being used,” they added.

However, without sufficient evidence, the FIA only issued a reminder for teams.

“The safety of team members is paramount,” the governing organization said.

“All Teams are requested to stress the importance of eye protection for all personnel working on a car and ensure that this Article is respected by all team members in the future,” they concluded.

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