ROKiT Williams scores single point in German GP


By Andrew Hooper
July 29 2019

The 2019 German GP would see the ROKiT Williams Team drivers finish in 12th and 13th positions with Robert Kubica leading home team-mate George Russell. The pair would finish just outside the points in a race that would see some unexpected results. But in what was a surprise both Alfa Romeo drivers, Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen would receive post-race penalties that would see both of them drop them out of the points and Williams driver Robert Kubica promoted to tenth.

 
 ROKiT Williams scores single point in German GP
 
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The 2019 German Grand Prix would see the ROKiT Williams Team drivers finish in12th and 13th positions with Robert Kubica leading home team-mate George Russell. The pair would finish just outside the points in a race that would see some unexpected results.

But in what was a surprise both Alfa Romeo drivers, Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen would receive post-race penalties that would see both of them drop them out of the points and Williams driver Robert Kubica promoted to tenth.

Raikkonen and Giovinazzi had finished seventh and eighth at the finish of the race but their penalties would see them drop to 12th and 13th respectively as a result of 30 seconds being added to their race times. The Alfa Romeo drivers were penalised for an offence related to the way the clutch of their cars operated during the wet standing start.

For Williams this would see Robert Kubica score the teams first point for 2019, as well as his own first point since the 2010 Formula 1 season.

Alfa team boss Fred Vasseur has confirmed that the team will appeal the decision.

The Alfa Romeo's were reported to the stewards by FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer soon after the chequered flag after their race start data was found to not be in compliance.

A later summons clarified that the cars were under investigation for "Alleged breach of Article 27.1, as related to clutch torque application during race starts, as defined in the informational Appendix to the 2019 Formula One Sporting Regulations related to Art 27.1 part C2."

In the FIA document outlining the penalties, the stewards explained how the teams are allowed the option to tune some of the parameters for their clutches via the common ECU on all cars. But the torque in the clutch must matches the torque demand as the driver releases the clutch at the start within specified limits and this must occur within 70milliseconds.

In the case of the Alfa drivers, Raikkonen's car took 200milliseconds and Giovinazzi's took 300milliseconds.

"This provided a more gradual application of the torque, which given the wet conditions was a potential advantage," read the FIA bulletin.

"Regardless of whether there was an actual advantage, the stewards determined that this was a clear breach of the guidance given to the teams as to how this would be adjudicated."

 

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