Aston Martin protests Chinese Grand Prix qualifying results following controversial incident

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20th April 2024 – (Shanghai) Aston Martin has lodged a formal protest against the outcome of the Chinese Grand Prix qualifying session, raising concerns over Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz’s crash and subsequent continuation in the session despite the deployment of red flags.

The stewards overseeing the event released a statement acknowledging Aston Martin’s protest, which alleges a violation of article 39.6 of Formula One’s sporting regulations. This article stipulates that any driver whose car comes to a halt on the track during qualifying or the sprint qualifying session shootout must cease participation in that session.

Furthermore, representatives from Ferrari were summoned to appear before the stewards to address the protest.

Sainz’s incident occurred during the second phase of qualifying when he ran wide at the final corner, resulting in his car being registered as stopped on the timing screens. However, the resilient Spaniard managed to keep the engine running and skillfully navigated his damaged Ferrari back to the pits. The team swiftly made necessary repairs, including changing the tyres and front wing, enabling Sainz to rejoin the session when it resumed.

Despite the setback, Sainz impressively secured the third-fastest time in that phase, ultimately securing a seventh-place qualification. His teammate, Charles Leclerc, secured a sixth-place qualification in the session.