Giovinazzi hit with grid penalty for impeding Stroll
Antonio Giovinazzi has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the Hungarian Grand Prix for impeding Lance Stroll in Saturday's Formula 1 qualifying session.
Giovinazzi progressed to Q2 and eventually qualified 14th fastest, but will start 17th – two places ahead of Stroll – after the stewards deemed he unnecessarily impeded the Canadian.
The stewards noted that Alfa incorrectly told Giovinazzi he and Stroll were both on slow laps, when Stroll was actually on a flying lap.
However, their report stated that when on an in-lap it is the driver's responsibly to make "all reasonable endeavours" to watch for following cars and avoid impeding them.
Giovinazzi was shown a blue flashing light halfway between Turn 3 and Turn 4, the long run uphill that ends the first sector.
The stewards noted that Stroll lost "considerable time" through that part of the track as a result.
They deemed Giovinazzi "could, and should, have moved from the racing line" before the Turn 4 right-hander.
Giovinazzi was handed a grid penalty as a result, and one licence penalty point that takes his total for the 12-month period to four.
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