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(Motorsport-Total.com) – Ten laps to go in the Portugal-Sizable-Prix in Portimao: AlphaTauri driver Daniil Kwjat sends a radio message to his crew and reports that his seat belts are “open again” and driving is “not safe”. The reaction: Kvjat should stay on the track and bring the race to an end. That’s exactly what he did.

Daniil Kwjat

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AlphaTauri driver Daniil Kwjat drove on with a loose belt on instruction Zoom Earn

But why did he Automobile World Federation (FIA) not pronounced a penalty here? Formula 1 racing director Michael Masi explains that there was at least a “discussion” about it.

“In doing so and during our investigations, we discovered that his belts had not come off. Yes, they did have loosened up a bit, and the crew has taken measures to prevent that. That’s all, “says Masi.

That is also what Kwjat knows, who adds:” Our crew dealt with it and understood the matter. We have analyzed and corrected it. It will not happen again now. “

It was” not such a great field, “admits Kvjat. “But we got rid of the disclose. So it doesn’t exist anymore.”

In fact, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc also had 2020 already fought with a loose belt: At the Spain Sizable Prix in Barcelona he had loosened the belts after a twist before he drove on. Only two laps later did he go to the pits, where the mechanics tightened the belts again, then Leclerc gave up, also without penalty.


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