Vettel, Sainz and Mazepin given warnings

Sebastian Vettel, Carlos Sainz and Nikita Mazepin have gotten away with warnings after making illegal practice starts at Silverstone.

The race director’s notes for the British Grand Prix weekend stated that drivers were required to make practice starts as far forward on the grid as possible.

On Saturday, Vettel, Sainz and Mazepin were judged to not have done so and investigations by the stewards were therefore launched into each of them.

After competing said investigations, the decision has been taken to give all three drivers formal warnings but no penalties for the time being.

Regarding each of the drivers, it was stated that “future such infringements will likely result in a more severe penalty.”

Sainz was also investigated for the incident involving him and George Russell, with the decision being made to give the latter a three-place grid penalty.

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Of the three drivers, Vettel had the most successful sprint qualifying session, finishing in P8 just behind the Alpine of Fernando Alonso.

Reflecting on the first run of the new format, the German said that he enjoyed it, and is happy with how the weekend has gone on the whole thus far.

“I have enjoyed this unusual weekend format so far,” he said.

“It was interesting to have the intense moment yesterday evening followed by the Sprint today, which can go either way.

“For us, it went well and we gained some places for the race tomorrow, and some others lost ground. Fernando [Alonso] made up a lot of places on lap one, starting on the Soft tyres, and I thought he would struggle more in the final laps.

“I was close behind him, but could not make the move to overtake. This result puts us in a decent starting position for tomorrow [P8], which will be a very different race with the strategy options.”

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