Last weekend was the Singapore Grand Prix. As you know, Seb got victory with his teammate in P2, the RB15 of Max took P3, after the podium finishers are both Mercedes in P4 and P5 respectively, Alex Albon was 6th, Pierre Gasly finished on P8, Nico Hulkenberg on P9 and the last point was for the Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi. But maybe you don’t know that the Italian driver got a 10-second time penalty with the reason “for failing to follow the Race Director’s instructions”. In this article we will explain you why.
During the race, on lap 36, Romain Grosjean and George Russell collided, and Race Direction decided to deploy the Safety Car, when the SC is deployed, all drivers must decrease their speed and they need to achieve a specific lap time. Apart of these instructions, the Race Director said that the drivers must go to the right where the incident happened because the crane was going to get into the track to get out Russell’s car. Well, the reason of Giovinazzi’s penalty was that he “almost” crash with the crane. The FIA watched the replays from different angles, and they decided to penalize him with 10 seconds. Even though, he was still able to finish on P10 because the gap between him and the driver in P11 was more than 10 seconds.