Pic given drive-through penalty for race

2013 Japanese Grand Prix

Charles Pic, Caterham, Suzuka, 2013Charles Pic has been given a drive-through penalty for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix.

In a first, the stewards have handed down the penalty before the race has even started. He is required to serve it during the first five laps of the race.

Pic was found to have left the pits when the red light was displayed at the pit exit during qualifying. He committed the same infraction last weekend in Korea and was reprimanded.

The stewards took this into account when confirming Pic’s penalty, noting: “Car 20 [Pic] crossed the pit exit line at 14:17:10. The red light was at 14:17:05.”

“It is noted this is the second consecutive event in which the driver has driven through a red light.”

Pic already has a ten-place grid penalty for tomorrow’s race having picked up his third reprimand of the season in Korea.

Last year Pic was given a 20-second penalty ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix for failing to respond to red flags during practice.

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49 comments on Pic given drive-through penalty for race

  1. nickfrog (@nickfrog) said on 12th October 2013, 19:15

    He’s not exactly going well for him in Japan. Apparently the steward are also looking at forcing him to have sushi for breakfast tomorrow. THAT would be harsh.

  2. F1 stewards are a bunch of frustrated grumpy old men whose wives divorced them because they never cared about their families and now they take out their frustrations at work.

  3. bigwilk (@bigwilk) said on 12th October 2013, 22:58

    I’m confused. I know it doesn’t affect the infringement itself, but why would he be leaving the pits when the light was red?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 12th October 2013, 23:02

      Given that there was only a five seconds gap between the light turning red and him crossing the line it seems to have been a simple oversight. He was probably leaving the pits to do a practice start.

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