Nicholas Latifi furious at F1 stewards: They didn't want to talk



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Nicholas Latifi furious at F1 stewards: They didn't want to talk

Nicholas Latifi has reason to be angry. He received a grid penalty after an incident with Zhou Guanyu. He immediately went to the steward to find out what happened. "I'm obviously disappointed not to do all the laps," he told Motorsport.com.

"I briefly went to see the stewards just because they made the decision without talking to the drivers, which I found a bit strange. Especially because both of us were out of the race and there was no rush to make the decision, and normally when that happens they always speak to both drivers."

He is aware of his mistake, although he explained the reasons why it did not happen. However, what frustrates him is the steward's reaction. "The rule is obviously leave the car's space, which I obviously didn't.

I looked at the replay, that line where I was exiting wide from Turn 3 and then cutting back to the braking, I was doing that every other lap of the race. "And the problem was he was driving perfectly in my blind spot at the exit.

I did look both directions in the mirrors, you see it on my onboard, I look left, I look right, and I didn't see him. "If I don't see where he is, I just take my normal line. So yes, if you're going based off that rule, leaving the space, I understand why they gave me a penalty.

"The only thing is I think Zhou should have been more aware of that, he knows there's a blind spot with these cars. He was very much on the inside of me, perfectly in the blind spot. So again, I didn't pick an erratic line, that's the line I was always taking."

"I'm not so frustrated about the penalty even if they arrive at that, but the fact that they didn't want to speak about it. And is it the right penalty? "Because they gave me a five-place penalty, which is what they gave [Valtteri] Bottas for going bowling with other cars in Hungary last year, which is far worse than a one-on-one crash.

"Anytime there's been a one-on-one crash it's a three-place penalty."

Latifi is frustrated

Latifi did not have time to explain what the main problem was. "I just wanted to have a talk to them about taking these things into consideration.

The drivers are always complaining about consistency. Arrive at the same conclusion and penalise me that's fine, but why not at least speak to both drivers like you do 99% of other instances? "They were in the midst of whatever happened with Red Bull.

So I didn't fully have the time to show them the video and whatnot. Again, they should have called us officially to the stewards and spoken to both of us. And obviously, that wasn't the case."