Mercedes: “Leclerc has gone beyond the limit”

Toto Wolff leader said that the referee will have to escort the police if they fined Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc at home Monza.


“The referees have difficulty deciding whether to fine or warn Charles Leclerc”, Motorsport quoted Mr. Wolff. “Leclerc’s defensive action against Lewis Hamilton may exceed the allowed limit. Hamilton had the mind to steer the collision avoidance. But the referee has no other way. Ferrari is leading in the Grand Prix Italy and fined five seconds? Then the referee will have to escort the police to leave”.

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Wolff alluded to the situation in round 23, before the second corner. Hamilton, after hiding Leclerc wind in a straight line, swung to the right and jumped near the opponent. Leclerc drove to the right to push Hamilton to the curb. This makes the Ferrari driver unable to turn in the corner, having to choose a longer path to return to the track. After this situation, Leclerc was cautioned by the black and white flag. That means if recidivism is committed, Leclerc will be disqualified. But Wolff hinted the referee’s warning was still mild.

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“There will be many accidents with this situation. The black and white flag warning law will set a bad precedent. Because riders will take risks because they believe they will only be warned before being punished”, he insisted.

Hamilton also somewhat agreed with Wolff. “Many times I have to give in order to avoid a collision with Leclerc. That is the problem of the current F1 racing rules. We have repeatedly called for clarification of the rules but have not achieved the goal. In this case, the referees have a different opinion”, he said.

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Leclerc finished first in Monza, helping Ferrari crown at home for the first time since 2010. Hamilton pursued Leclerc for most of the race, coming only third when he lost twice to the pit. In return, the British racer achieved the fastest lap in the final rounds with new soft tires.

F1 racing, Italian GP test racing: Ferrari is somewhat dominant

The prolonged showers of rain caused the trial day of Friday to have uneven results. However, Ferrari snapped Charles Leclerc was dry rare moment to set the record fastest laps run with a time 1 minute 20 seconds 978 per thousand in the 2nd test session racing.


Due to the rainy weather from night until morning, the Monza race was in a rather slippery condition for 90 minutes of the 1st trial session. So in this trial session, the riders went through many challenges. Sergio Perez crashed the race car into the railing, Raikkonen made the car crash into the ground and could not return to the track and a series of other riders slid around the car on the track.

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The track slowly dried at the end of the first test session, and the drivers were now able to use the tires for dry conditions. At this time, Leclerc of Ferrari is the best set, with a time of 1 minute 27 seconds 905 thousand. The duo McLaren Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris ranked 2 and 3 respectively.

The winner of Lewis Hamilton’s world championship ranking is fourth, with Red Bull’s Alex Albon at 5th. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso’s top performer, ranked 6th on Max Verstappen of Red Bull. Valtteri Bottas ranked ninth only after he slipped around in a run on his dry tire. Meanwhile, Ferrari’s Vettel ranks right above Bottas after making a mistake in his lap.

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In the second test session, after Leclerc set the fastest performance, Hamilton of Mercedes team had the answer when setting up the second fastest achievement, only less than 1/10 seconds of Leclerc.

The good thing about Ferrari, is that each of their drivers has the fastest performance in a part of the track. Meanwhile, Hamilton is only the fastest at the end of the track.

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But, as in Belgium, the ranking results seem to depend quite heavily on who can take advantage of the hiding wind technique. Another important factor for racing teams to set up their racing cars is weather forecast on rain on the main race day (Sunday). Meanwhile, the race day (Saturday) is forecast to be dry.