Second Pitlane Start Required in Qatar Race
Last weekend in Qatar marked the second consecutive round where a driver had to start from the pitlane due to mechanics exceeding the permissible limit for car construction without inspection.
Sergio Perez’s race ended prematurely during the Losail sprint race as he was involved in a three-car pile-up along with Esteban Ocon and Nico Hulkenberg. Fortunately, none of them were attributed any blame by the stewards for the incident.
However, the crashed RB19 was considered beyond repair within the regulations, leading to Perez being required to start the subsequent race from the pitlane.
This incident has raised concerns and underlined the need for Formula 1 to address the issue of third car rebuild rule breaches. Red Bull Racing Team Principal, Christian Horner, has expressed the urgency of finding a solution to prevent teams from facing such penalties.
As the FIA continues to monitor and regulate the sport, it is crucial for a clear framework to be established which outlines the maximum extent to which cars can be constructed without mandatory inspections. This would ensure fairness and avoid the imposition of pitlane starts as a result of unintentional rule breaches.