George Russell Penalized with Three-Place Grid Drop for Impeding Charles Leclerc in US GP Sprint Qualifying

George Russell Penalized with Three-Place Grid Drop for Impeding Charles Leclerc in US GP Sprint Qualifying

Drama Unfolds in Sprint Qualifying as Russell's Incident Earns Penalties

The stewards’ statement read, “Car 63 entered the last two corners preparing for his flying lap at the end of SQ1 with Car 16 closing in quickly. Whilst the team did inform the driver about the closing car a few seconds in advance, there was no further information directly before Car 63 entered Turn 19 with Car 16 right behind.”

The statement continued, “Car 63 did not move from the racing line in or after Turn 19 and therefore unnecessarily impeded Car 16. The stewards note that irrespective of any information coming from the team, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that no other cars are unnecessarily impeded.”