In the round-up: Porsche has been successfully appealed a penalty against Andre Lotterer at the Jakarta EPrix, resulting in a change to the classification.
Lotterer Jakarta penalty rescinded before Marrakech round, changing result
Stewards initially determined Lotterer collided with De Vries, giving him a puncture which meant he had to pit. Lotterer was given a five-second time penalty and one penalty point against on his e-license, the Formula E equivalent of a super license. The penalty meant that Lotterer was initially recorded as finishing the Jakarta Eprix in 11th.
Originally, the penalty decision simply concluded “the driver of car 36 [Lotterer] caused a collision in [turn eight] with car 17 [de Vries].”
After reviewing video evidence and data ahead of the Marrakech Eprix this weekend, that penalty has been removed. Following an appeal lodged by Porsche, the stewards concluded De Vries had suffered the puncture prior to the impact and that his loss of 10 kilometres per hour relative to the pace Lotterer would have expected him to be at was the cause of the collision.
The updated decision reads “There is a significant and relevant new element which was unavailable to the parties seeking the review at the time of the decision concerned. The stewards cancel the five second time penalty. The stewards withdraw one penalty point (now two in total). The stewards give the proxy to the stewards of the Marrakech Formula E-Prix to sign the amended final results of the Jakarta Formula E-Prix.”
In their revised ruling the stewards deemed “an issue with a flat tyre let the driver of car 17 reduce his speed at the beginning of [turn seven] more than usual and he brakes earlier for T8. The speed was 10kph less between [turn seven] and [eight]. Mr Lotterer was not aware of this and he hit car 17 at the rear. Due to the tyre deflation car 36 had no opportunity to avoid the collision. The stewards consider the case as a normal racing incident.”
As a consequence of the penalty being rescinded, Lotterer rises to eighth in the final classification. That demotes his team mate Pascal Wehrlein to ninth, Sam Bird to tenth and Sebastien Buemi drops out of the points. As a consequence, Wehrlein falls to 10th in the drivers’ championship, although Lotterer, Buemi and Bird’s positions are unchanged.
Teams permitted to use overnight tyre blankets at Silverstone
Formula 1 teams will be allowed to use overnight tyre blankets to maintain tyre temperatures during the British Grand Prix this weekend.
Temperatures at Silverstone are expected to be in the high teens at most, dropping to 10-11C overnight, with rain also predicted.
The instruction to teams reads “In addition to the minimum heating times and temperatures specified in the Pirelli Event Preview, competitors will be permitted to leave their tyres wrapped in blankets and heating to a maximum temperature of 30C throughout the nights in order to minimise any issues relating to the colder overnight ambient temperatures.”
Formula 3 World Cup not part of Macau Grand Prix again
The World Motor Sport Council has confirmed that the FIA Formula 3 World Cup will not run as part of the Macau Grand Prix again this year, as in 2020 and 2021.
The decision, announced today, reads “The FIA Formula 3 World Cup in Macau will not take place in 2022 due to ongoing restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Formula E confirms calendar for first ‘Gen3’ season
Formula E’s 2023 calendar has been approved by the FIA, albeit with three venues yet to be confirmed.
Unusually, the championship will start in Mexico in January. Saudi Arabia has opened the last four seasons and the country was thought to hold the rights to stages the opening round for at least a decade.
|14th January||Mexico||Mexico City|
|27th and 28th January||Saudi Arabia||Diriyah (two races)|
|25th March||Brazil||Sao Paulo|
|20th and 21st May||South Korea||Seoul (two races)|
|3rd and 4th June||Indonesia||Jakarta (two races)|
|15th and 16th July||Italy||Rome (two races)|
|29th and 30th July||United Kingdom||London (two races)|
Fourth driver takes up Charouz Formula 3 seat
The Formula 3 race seat originally occupied by British F3 runner-up Ayrton Simmons has now passed to a fourth driver. Simmons competed in only the opening Bahrain round before a lack of funding saw him exit the seat, which David Schumacher drove in Imola and then Lirim Zendeli in Barcelona.
Zdeněk Chovanec, who raced much of the second half of the 2021 F3 season will Charouz, has been announced as the driver for the Silverstone round. No driver has yet scored a point in the seat.
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