“Incident That Never Happened”: Ferrari’s Day Goes From Bad to Worse as Carlos Sainz Receives Controversial Penalty Leaving Tifosi Perplexed

Published 04/02/2023, 4:41 AM EDT

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Possibly one of the most confusing races, if not in the sport’s history, but definitely of the season. The Australian GP was a rollercoaster of emotions for the divers, the fans, and everyone invested in the race. The race saw multiple incidents, multiple red flags, and a lot of drama. Although, all the drama created a lot of confusion as well. The fans communicated their confusion, especially for Carlos Sainz and his five-second penalty for his contact with Fernando Alonso.

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The two Spaniards collided during the THIRD restart of the race. Soon after, the contact chaos ensued and the collision at the restart saw multiple cars make contact and crash. This incident forced another red flag. It was like the restart had never happened. This is exactly what the race control decided as well.

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The stewards decided to void the lap that saw Sainz make contact with Alonso. However, please stick with us. The race control reviewed the incident between the two Spaniards and decide to penalize the Ferrari man for the incident. According to reports, Sainz was handed a five-second penalty for the collision with Alonso.

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Sainz’s hopes of fighting with Alonso came to reality. However, the encounter did not end in his favor. Although the entire incident created a lot of confusion.

Tifosi confused about the Carlos Sainz penalty for an incident that never happened

Ferrari’s misery started from the opening lap in Australia after Charles Leclerc crashed out. Sainz was holding his own and having a decent race until the third restart. The contact in the third restart not only gave him a five-second penalty. However, because the race finished behind a safety car, he finished last or P12.

All fans are asking the same question though. Why give a penalty for an incident that was voided?

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The Australian GP is one to forget for the entire Ferrari team and all the fans. Although the fans will hope to see if Ferrari can contest the decision and reinstate Sainz in his original place.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.
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