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FIA confirm Leclerc punishment for Canada qualifying error

FIA confirm Leclerc punishment for Canada qualifying error

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FIA confirm Leclerc punishment for Canada qualifying error

FIA confirm Leclerc punishment for Canada qualifying error

Charles Leclerc escaped a grid penalty after qualifying third for the Canadian Grand Prix, despite falling foul of the FIA's unsafe re-entry rules during Saturday's action. Leclerc went the wrong way around a bollard after going off-track at Turn 9 but only saw his relevant Q2 lap time deleted.

Similar incidents in practice had also been met with warnings, but the stewards had noted that they would consider stricter punishment in qualifying and the race.

That gave Ferrari an anxious wait to see if Leclerc would keep hold of his second-row spot, behind pole-sitting team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

The stewards noted that Leclerc would have been given a time penalty had the incident happened in the race, serving as a warning for the whole grid come Sunday.

However, Leclerc escaped stronger punishment as stewards noted he "recognised his error and aborted his lap in order not to gain a sporting advantage".

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