Nicholas Latifi received a 10-second stop-go penalty at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix – a decision he criticised.
The Williams driver had slightly overshot his grid box in Baku, so a Williams crew member kindly wheeled him back into position. The problem was he did that after all personnel had been required to be clear of the grid.
Early in the race, the stewards landed one of their heaviest available punches, a 10-second stop-go penalty that forced Latifi to come into the pit lane and stop in his pit box for 10 seconds before being released with no work allowed to be done on the car.
With that sanction imposed, it was of course curtains for Latifi’s chances of scoring a strong result, the Canadian left feeling very hard done by.
“It’s unfortunate the penalty undid everything before it had even started,” he told reporters post-race.
“I feel like there should be some leniency applied for what the infringement was as I was just pushed back, and nothing was changed to the…