Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson has been handed a five-place grid penalty following qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix. The Swede was penalised for ignoring waved yellow flags after his team-mate Charles Leclerc spun during the session.
Leclerc spun as he exited the final corner on his flying lap during Q1. Ericsson, on his own flying lap, was shown warning flags, but steered around the other Sauber to complete his lap.
Ericsson was judged by the FIA not to have slowed sufficiently, a breach of the rules, and was handed a five-place penalty. A penalty which will not affect his starting position after qualifying at the bottom of the timesheets.
An FIA statement read: “The stewards heard from Marcus Ericsson, the driver of car #9 and the team representative and reviewed the video evidence which clearly showed that the driver attempted to set a meaningful lap time after passing through a double waved yellow marshalling sector, contrary to the requirements set out in the race director’s event notes (10.1) in breach of article 12.1.1 i.”
Along with the grid penalty, Ericsson was also docked three penalty points on his superlicence. This takes him to five points in total for the past 12 months.