Ferrari protests both Red Bulls in Monaco GP result for crossing pit exit

Ferrari has protested both Red Bull drivers for appearing to cross the pitlane exit line during the Monaco Grand Prix.

Ferrari protests both Red Bulls in Monaco GP result for crossing pit exit

Both Max Verstappen and team-mate Sergio Perez have been summoned to see the FIA race stewards for "allegedly failing to stay to the right of the yellow line at pit exit".

Verstappen had just pitted for slicks on lap 22 when he emerged in third place on the still damp track, pushing hard to stay ahead of Ferrari title rival Charles Leclerc.

But as he accelerated up the hill, his Red Bull got into a slide and, as he corrected, he ran towards the yellow line that drivers must not cross.

Footage of the incident from Verstappen’s onboard camera was shown during the Monaco GP and appeared to show him running over it, but the view obscured how close his wheels got. The matter did not appear to have been investigated by the FIA.

Perez also stopped on lap 22 and, as he exited the pits, he also had a slide that sent him towards the line. Perez's incident was noted by the FIA stewards at the time, but no further announcement was made about the matter during the race.

Shortly after the race, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was in a media briefing when he received a phone call from sporting director Jonathan Wheatley revealing that Ferrari had protested.

It came after Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said he believed Verstappen’s actions had been against the rules.

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari, 2nd position, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing, 1st position, Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 3rd position, on the podium

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari, 2nd position, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing, 1st position, Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 3rd position, on the podium

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

“As Ferrari we are disappointed because we think there was clear breach of regulations on the two Red Bulls for going on the yellow line exiting the pits,” he told Sky Sports.

“I think it was not close. He was on the line and if you look at the sporting code, the wording says crossing.

“Then we had a clarification at Turkey in 2020 to avoid any discussions and, if you look at the race driver notes, it says staying to the right: so staying on the line is breaching the race director notes.

“I think that each single team has the task to follow the race directors' notes. It is clear and we are still seeking clarification with the FIA.”

Horner said that Red Bull was satisfied that Verstappen had stayed within the line as required by the regulations.

“All the footage we have seen we have been content with,” he said.

Asked if there had been any discussion with the FIA over the matter in the race, Horner said: “Nothing at all.”

Verstappen said the wild moment exiting the pits was the result of him being super aggressive with his acceleration – which he says was crucial to staying ahead of Leclerc who was right behind him.

“I needed it,” he said about pushing so hard immediately out of the pits.

“Otherwise he would have passed me, because I would not have the traction. My pit exit, that was probably the most fun I had in the race trying to stay ahead.”

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