Alfa Romeo head of observe engineering Xevi Pujolar has discovered a “conversation issue” was to blame for the combine-up that induced Guanyu Zhou to be penalised 2 times in Saudi Arabia.
Zhou was handed a 5-next penalty for passing Williams driver Alex Albon although off the observe.
Motorists will not be penalised if they relinquish the placement “at the earliest chance” this 12 months but in failing to do this, the stewards dominated Zhou experienced “acquired a long lasting benefit”.
Time penalties can be served in the pits ahead of any function is accomplished on the automobile, but right after the entrance jack operator lifted the automobile, the Chinese driver was strike with a travel-via penalty.
“With the penalty, we experienced a conversation issue there. That is why the male touched the automobile,” stated Pujolar.
“The entrance jack was not knowledgeable that it was a 5-next penalty and that is why he touched the automobile.”
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Right after the automobile experienced been lifted, no more function was accomplished by the group until finally the 5 seconds experienced handed.