The Canadian escaped punishment this time.
Stroll had to appear before the FIA judges even before the time trial, because he passed Carlos Sainz under double yellow flags in recent free practice. After the association also examined the internal camera footage, the violation was clearly proven.
Therefore, the Canadian received a penalty of five starts at the Grand Prix in Las Vegas, and three penalty points were also “accounted” for him.
So he attacked the timekeeper knowing he would be put at the back, and in a strange twist of fate, he was put under investigation again after the first section, again for the yellow flag incident: there was suspicion that he had not slowed down properly. At the end of the phase while the signal was in effect.
But this time, Stroll escaped punishment after the FIA examined telemetry data and made a comparison between the Canadian and his teammate Fernando Alonso.
It turns out that Stroll took the gas off the section in question: it was slower than the brand partner and also slower than its previous lap. For the second time, he did not receive a penalty for a similar violation on the same track on the same day.
Stroll finished 14th in qualifying, meaning that tomorrow – if the starting grid does not change further – he will be able to start the Grand Prix from 19th position.