Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll have all been handed reprimands for driving unnecessarily slowly during qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix.

The trio were called for an FIA Stewards investigation over allegedly driving too slowly during their out laps at the start of the final runs in Q3 of qualifying.

Hulkenberg avoided a penalty from the Stewards after being suspected of deliberately missing the first corner chicane but following a second investigation for the Renault driver, plus Stroll and Sainz, the trio have been handed their first reprimands of the season.

The three drivers were at the front of a train of Q3 cars lining up to start their final timed laps with all drivers aiming to find a tow off a rival to gain a slipstream boost on Monza’s long straights.

But with drivers easing off to find a tow, only Sainz and pole-sitter Charles Leclerc crossed the start/finish line before the chequered flag was shown.

The reprimands have not changed the provisional qualifying results which sees Leclerc start on pole for Ferrari ahead of Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes.

The Stewards have also requested the FIA finds a solution to the issue of drivers going slowly to find a tow to avoid similar incidents in the future.

"The Stewards strongly recommend that the FIA expedite a solution to this type of situation," the Stewards' statement confirmed.

 

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