Williams’ requested review into Azerbaijan incidents begins

Williams lodge clarification request over Alonso & Sirotkin incidents

Williams’s requested review with the FIA regarding several stewards decisions in Azerbaijan has begun.

Williams made the request of the FIA over the weekend, a week on from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The team have asked for a review of incidents involving their own driver Sergey Sirotkin, who was given a three place grid penalty for a collision between himself and Force India’s Sergio Perez on the first lap.

They’ve also requested clarification of the steward’s decision to not investigate Alonso’s return to the pits with a severely damaged car, with Alonso cutting several corners while stuck on two wheels due to punctures.

According to documents regarding Williams’ request, the team also requested clarification as to why the Esteban Ocon/Kimi Raikkonen collision on Lap 1 required no further action.

The FIA noted that, “the team has also requested the Stewards review an incident involving cars 17, 27 and 35 in Turn 2 of Lap 1 of the race and the actions of the driver of car 14 in returning to the pits.”

The review will take the form of a teleconference involving the original Azerbaijan Grand Prix stewards, including Tom Kristensen, which starts at 10am UK time on Tuesday.

The FIA have requested Williams provide new evidence as to why Sirotkin’s penalty for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix shouldn’t stand. If the FIA agrees in a preliminary hearing that there is new evidence, a second hearing will consider that one hour later.

The FIA told the team: “You are requested to appear before the Stewards to provide evidence in relation to the request. There shall be a preliminary hearing to determine if a “new element” as defined in Article 14.3 of the Code exists.

“This will be followed by another hearing to conduct the review(s), if any new element is determined by the stewards, to exist. It should be noted that the second hearing will occur only if such new element is determined in accordance with the Code, to exist.”

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