Formula 1: Ferrari protest in Monaco: Red Bull loses the victory?
The Perez incident was already noted by the race management during the race, but in the case of Verstappen there was no news. The onboard recordings of the Dutchman in particular suggest that the world champion slipped over the boundary line on the still wet track.
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto sees a need for this: “We are disappointed because we think it was a clear breach of the rules that both Red Bulls crossed the yellow line at the pit exit,” explains the Italian. “It wasn’t close either. He (Verstappen; ed.) was on the line and the Sporting Code says ‘overrun’ (the line; ed.).”
Binotto continues: “There was a clarification in Turkey 2020 to avoid any discussions. If you look at the specifications of the race director, it says that you have to stay on the right side. So driving on the line is a Violation of this. All teams must comply, so we await clarification from the FIA.”
Managers of both teams were summoned to the stewards (Gary Connelly, Andrew Mallalieu, Jean-Francois Calmes and Derek Warwick) after the end of the race, a decision should be made later in the evening. It is clear that the Scuderia at the green table senses the possibility of converting a race Sunday that was messed up, mainly due to their own mistakes in the pits, into a win and reducing Leclerc’s nine-point deficit to Verstappen in the World Cup.
Perez makes a three-way fight from the World Cup
In any case, the Dutchman’s mission to defend his title after Monaco will be much more uncomfortable, because he can no longer expect support from team-mate Perez in the future: If Perez is allowed to keep his victory, he will turn the World Cup duel into a three-way battle.
The 32-year-old is correspondingly emotional after crossing the finish line: “It’s a dream that comes true. In addition to your home race, this is the Grand Prix that you absolutely want to win,” explains Perez, crushing his breath on the podium in the royal box or other tear.
With three victories, the proud Mexican is now also the most successful Formula 1 driver in his country, celebrating this with the Mexican flag on the slow-down lap: “Now I have one more win than Pedro Rodriguez. I drove with his helmet colors today and I I’m sure he’s very proud of me up there.” But now Perez needs a little help from above for the investigation at the stewards…