Ferrari have protested the result of the Monaco Grand Prix, with Red Bull having been summoned to the stewards for alleged offences involving Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen. Perez won his first Monaco race on Sunday after Red Bull got the jump on their rivals during a crucial mid-race pit-stop phase. Verstappen finished third, with Carlos Sainz in second and home hero Charles Leclerc in a disappointing fourth. But Ferrari have protested the result, claiming that both Perez and Verstappen encroached on the yellow pit exit line as they returned to the track, a blunder that the Scuderia say would be in breach of the Race Director's notes.
Binotto explains why Ferrari are protesting race result
“We are disappointed because we believe that there was a clear breach of the regulations by the two Red Bulls going on the yellow line exiting the pits,” Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto explained to Sky Sports F1 . “I think it was not close, it was on the line. If you look at the regulations and the sporting code, the wording says crossing, but then we had a clarification in Turkey 2020 to avoid any discussions and, when you look at the Race Director’s notes, it indicates staying to the right. “Being on the line is breaching the Race Director’s notes and I think it is the duty of the cars to follow the Race Director’s notes. We think this is clear."
What next with Verstappen and Perez both summoned?
Any form of time penalty for Perez or Verstappen could entirely transform the result of the Monaco GP. Sainz crossed the line just 1.2 seconds behind the race winner, with Leclerc only 2.9 seconds behind, in fourth. Both Perez and Verstappen have been summoned to the race stewards for "failing to stay to the right of the yellow line on pit exit", with an investigation underway. Binotto added: “We are seeking clarification from the FIA and we are happy to have their feedback as soon as possible.”