Sargeant’s Japanese GP nightmare continues with penalty before race begins

Williams F1 driver Logan Sargeant has been hit with a double-whammy penalty ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix following a parc ferme rules breach.
Logan Sargeant (USA) Williams Racing FW45 crashed out of qualifying. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, Japanese Grand
Logan Sargeant (USA) Williams Racing FW45 crashed out of qualifying. …

Following a crash on his first lap of qualifying which caused extensive damage to his FW45, Williams were forced to change Sargeant’s chassis. 

However, the FIA noted that Williams had made more changes than normally allowed, effectively resulting in a third car being available to Sargeant.

Williams were summoned to a meeting with the Suzuka stewards where it was decided that in addition to having to start from the pitlane, Sargeant will also have to serve a 10-second time penalty in Sunday’s grand prix. 

What the stewards said 

“The Technical Delegate reported to the Stewards (document 28) that the competitor worked on the car two hours after the chequered flag. The report mentioned that the relevant chassis was assembled to more than an assembly comprising a survival cell as defined in Article 27.2 of the Formula One Sporting Regulations and therefore has to be considered as a third car available to the competitor. In his further report document 29, the Technical Delegate explained that during Parc Fermé parts of different specifications from the ones originally used during Q1 were fitted.

“After hearing from the competitor, the Technical Delegate and the Single Seater Director, the Stewards came to the conclusion that during qualifying (Q1), the Williams Racing car number 02 suffered an accident where Chassis 01 got damaged beyond repair. Following the qualifying session, Chassis 03 was then assembled to a level exceeding that defined in Article 27.2 of the Sporting Regulations, which defines the state of assembly for a Chassis to be considered to be a car. The Williams Racing team was therefore found to be in breach of Article 27.1 of the Sporting Regulations, which states that each Competitor may not have more than two cars available at any time during a Competition.

“Furthermore it should be noted that the available working time during Parc Fermé for the assembly of a complete car is limited, and hence in case of severe accident, this The Stewards may jeopardise the participation of a car in the race. It is also noted that car 2 has been subjected to a change of specification, and therefore, under Article 40.9 is due to start the race from the pit lane in any case for a different offence. 

“According to TD 021/Issue G dated on 22/08/23 the minimum penalty for an offence will be a start from the pit lane. In addition to this, a further penalty may be imposed by the Stewards. As a start from pit lane is already imposed for the modification of parts, a further penalty for having a third chassis available was appropriate. 

“The Stewards recommend that this issue gets discussed again in the Sporting Advisory Committee.”

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