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Sargeant handed Mexico F1 grid penalty, others escape Stewards’ wrath

Logan Sargeant has received a 10-place grid penalty for the Mexico City Grand Prix whilst other F1 drivers summoned to the Stewards’ office avoided punishment for their indiscretions

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Five F1 drivers, including Logan Sargeant, were brought before the Race Stewards for offences during a messy Q1 section of qualifying for the Mexico City Grand Prix.

Sargeant F1 Stewards Mexico Alonso
Fernando Alonso (pictured), Lewis Hamilton, George Russell and Max Verstappen were also brought before the Stewards. (Image Credit: @AstonMartinF1 on X)

The American, however, was the only one to face reprimand. The 22-year-old being slapped with a 10-place grid drop after he was judged to have overtaken Yuki Tsunoda under yellow flag conditions.

As Sargeant qualified P20 anyway, after failing to set a lap time. His first run was deleted, whilst his second was affected by traffic and the Fernando Alonso-induced yellow flags.

Despite this, the Stewards permitted him to start the race, as his practice laps were sufficient.

Therefore, the penalty will have no bearing on his starting position for Sunday’s Mexico City Grand Prix. He will start alongside Tsunoda, who had a power unit change.

In his defence, Sargeant told the Stewards that he overtook the AlphaTauri because it appeared to be going slowly and because he saw green flag panels coming up ahead.

The Stewards, however, saw it differently, stating:

“The fact that a driver can see a green panel or flag ahead, does not mean that overtaking can occur in what is still a yellow flag zone. Overtaking can only occur after passing the green panel or flag. It was also noted that he did not make a sufficient reduction in speed.”

More consequential for Sargeant are the two accompanying penalty points on his F1 super licence. The Williams driver has now accrued six points in 12 months. Six more and he’ll face a one-race ban.

As for the rest

Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, George Russell and Max Verstappen were also brought before the officials but were all cleared of committing infractions sufficient of receiving a penalty.

Like Sargeant, Hamilton was summoned for potentially not complying with the yellow flag. The scene of the British driver’s alleged infringement was also at turn 3, following Alonso spinning his Aston Martin.

The Spaniard, along with Russell and Verstappen, was investigated for “unnecessarily impeding cars exiting the Pit Lane, and failure to comply with the Race Director’s event notes, at 15:14 [local time].”

All three were ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing, and no further action was taken.

In the decision, the Stewards conceded that it is preferable for drivers to back each other up in the pit lane or pit exit – in order to create a gap – than on the race track itself, where the differences in speeds are greater, and thus more dangerous.

Verstappen will start the Mexico City Grand Prix from P3, with Hamilton in P6, Russell in P8 and Alonso in P13.

Featured Image Credit: @WilliamsRacing on X

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