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Monaco GP: Ferrari protests against Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen and claims “clear rule violation” at the pit exit

“There was a clear breach of the rules”; Ferrari have protested Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen exiting the pit lane, claiming they failed to stay to the right of the yellow line; Perez won the race, Verstappen was third

Last updated: 29/05/22 19:41

Ferrari's team boss Mattia Binotto believes Max Verstappen broke the rules crossing the pit lane exit line at the Monaco GP.

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Ferrari’s team boss Mattia Binotto believes Max Verstappen broke the rules crossing the pit lane exit line at the Monaco GP.

Ferrari’s team boss Mattia Binotto believes Max Verstappen broke the rules crossing the pit lane exit line at the Monaco GP.

Ferrari have protested Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen at the Monaco GP, accusing the race winner and Red Bull world champion of pit exit violations.

Perez and Verstappen were accused of crossing the yellow line when exiting the pits on lap 23 to stay ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.

Perez eventually won the race while Verstappen finished third.

Max Verstappen appeared to be approaching the yellow line as he exited the pits

Max Verstappen appeared to be approaching the yellow line as he exited the pits

The race management did not initiate any investigations during the Monte Carlo epic, but Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto then accused both drivers of a “clear violation of the rules”.

The FIA ​​summons then confirmed that both Perez and Verstappen were under investigation, with a Red Bull representative called to the stewards at 18:15 UK time.

“We protested because we believe it was the right thing to do,” Binotto said. “I think both Red Bulls were on the yellow line at the exit and that was always punished with a five-second penalty in the past.”

Binotto previously told Sky Sports F1: “We are disappointed because we believe there was a clear breach of regulations when the two Red Bulls exited the pits on the yellow line.

Charles Leclerc became enraged by radio calls from his Ferrari team about whether or not to pit.

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Charles Leclerc became enraged by radio calls from his Ferrari team about whether or not to pit.

Charles Leclerc became enraged by radio calls from his Ferrari team about whether or not to pit.

“I think it wasn’t close. It was at stake and if you look at the intonation of the sport code it says crossing but we had clarification in Turkey 2020 to avoid discussion and if you look at the notes look at the race director it indicates to stay on the right.

“So being on the line is against the race director’s notes and I think every single team has a duty and a duty to follow the race director’s notes.

“So for us this is something unclear and we are still seeking clarification from the FIA ​​and we will be happy to receive our feedback as soon as possible.”

Horner had previously told Sky F1 that he didn’t think Verstappen would face a penalty.

“Obviously we took a close look at it and are absolutely satisfied with everything we saw,” he said.

The race officials’ notes stated: “Drivers must keep to the right of the solid yellow line at the pit exit when exiting the pits and stay to the right of this line until it ends after Turn 1.”

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