Alex Albon and Lance Stroll will be seeing each other at the back of the grid for the Australian Grand Prix tomorrow as they received a post-qualifying disqualification and grid penalty respectively.
The Thai driver was disqualified after Williams were unable to provide the minimum fuel sample of 1 litre that is required.
He parked up before getting back to the pits at the end of Q1, but that wasn’t enough as Williams’ head of vehicle performance Dave Robson explained.
“We could see a problem as he came in towards the pitlane, where something wasn’t quite right,” Robson said.
“So we opted to stop the car just to make sure we didn’t damage anything.
“I think the fact that we had to go queue at the end of the pitlane after the red flag, to get that lap in the outlap was then a lot more aggressive than we had planned.
“I think that’s why we were a bit lower than we would have liked to be.”
Williams’ miserable day was compounded as Nicholas Latifi suffered more heavy damage to his car, coming two weeks after his two crashes in Jeddah.
Towards the end of Q1, Latifi had initially let Stroll through before turn 5.
However, the Aston Martin started cruising in the middle of the circuit as he attempted to prepare for his only and one run in Q1 following his FP3 crash.
Latifi attempted to repass Stroll on the run to turn 6 and it resulted in an extremely clumsy incident as the Williams was left with a serious amount of damage.
The stewards decided to give Stroll a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race as he was "predominantly to blame for the collision because of his lack of situational awareness of Latifi's passing manoeuvre."
Stroll and Latifi shared their version of the events when speaking to the media.
“I saw the video, he went to try and pass me all of a sudden in a very awkward part of the circuit,” Stroll told Sky Sports.
“But the circuit falls off to the right, then to the left. What happened was very awkward, he all of sudden, came by me and then we made contact.
“I was watching for the cars behind me, as he was accelerating to try get by me, it gets quite narrow to the right. Just very awkward situation at an awkward part of the track,” concluded Stroll.
Latifi said: “It’s clear he didn’t know I was there, otherwise no driver would turn in. For sure he did not see me there, he wasn’t looking in the mirrors.
“We’re both on cool-down laps but you still have to be aware of your surroundings at all times.”
“It’s clear from the video who was at fault and it doesn’t really matter if he apologises or doesn’t apologise, it’s done.”
Four other drivers were also investigated post-qualifying.
AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda was slapped with his third reprimand of 2022 as he failed to obey the minimum time required on an in lap.
No action was taken against Sergio Perez (no yellow flag infringement), Charles Leclerc and Zhou Guanyu (not hitting the minimum time on an in lap because of heavy traffic).