The ramifications of Johan Kristoffersson‘s crash with Carlos Sainz within the first Island X Prix in July have dropped him and Rosberg X Racing off the rostrum totally. On Friday, a month after the race, Excessive E‘s sanctioning physique Car Membership de Monaco (ACM) introduced that after attraction from Sainz’s ACCIONA | Sainz XE Workforce, the outcomes for the race have been revised to penalise RXR by relegating them to fifth and final within the Remaining.
RXR dominated the Island X Prix doubleheader by winning both races, however the first race’s Remaining started with contact between Kristoffersson and Sainz as they merged from the multi-lane sector that greeted drivers as they started their lap. Sainz rolled over a number of instances, and was taken to hospital earlier than being cleared in time for the second race. Officers subsequently demoted RXR from first to 3rd by imposing a thirty-second time penalty which boosted Chip Ganassi Racing to the highest step of the rostrum.
Nonetheless, ACCIONA | Sainz nonetheless discovered the ruling too mild and Sainz described it as “one of the vital severe actions that I’ve ever seen with out an exemplary penalty”, prompting the outfit to petition for a proper to evaluate below Article 14 of the Worldwide Sporting Code.
The attraction was authorised and a listening to was launched on 3 August. 9 days later, the collection dominated Kristoffersson totally accountable for the wreck, citing precedent, below Article 2.d, Chapter IV, Appendix L of the ISC relating to driver overtaking: “Inflicting a collision, repetition of significant errors or the looks of an absence of management over the automotive (similar to leaving the monitor) might be reported to the Stewards and should entail the imposition of penalties as much as and together with the exclusion of any driver involved.”
Underneath the brand new choice, RXR additional fell to fifth within the closing classification for the spherical. This bumped ACCIONA | Sainz as much as fourth regardless of failing to complete, whereas the unique fourth-place group JBXE improves to 3rd. This additionally reallocates factors with RXR now incomes ten factors for the race as a substitute of fifteen, ACCIONA | Sainz getting twelve over ten, and JBXE with fifteen. RXR stays atop the standings courtesy of their two wins and nonetheless garnering factors for reaching the Remaining, whereas ACCIONA | Sainz leapfrogs X44 for third and JBXE strikes previous McLaren XE for seventh.
“To say that our group is disillusioned to now be categorized fifth within the closing after this unlucky (and in our thoughts unavoidable) racing incident is an understatement,” reads a press release from RXR. “Whereas we revered the stewards opinion again then, we hope for higher circuit layouts from Excessive E in future to make sure the security of all concerned. When two vehicles are racing flat out and must merge right into a single lane, there are certain to be collisions. Such racing incidents ought to be averted totally.
“On the finish of the day we stay dedicated to working along with the Excessive E household to drive consciousness, educate and assist sort out local weather change. And we hope to drive that message residence with yet one more championship win nonetheless to return.”
In the meantime, with JBXE’s promotion to 3rd, Hedda Hosås scores her first profession Excessive E podium whereas team-mate Kevin Hansen notches his fifth.
In a video posted by Extreme E, Hansen breaks the information to Hosås earlier than commenting, “Dream group! First race collectively, first podium!”
Revised Race #1 Remaining outcomes
|End||Quantity||Workforce||Whole Time||Driver #1||Lap Time||Driver #2||Lap Time|
|1||99||Chip Ganassi Racing||26:12.396||Kyle LeDuc||3:58.818||Sara Value||3:58.401|
|2||42||XITE Vitality Racing||26:24.249||Timo Scheider||4:09.729||Tamara Molinaro||3:59.156|
|3||22||JBXE||26:35.830*||Kevin Hansen||4:27.860||Hedda Hosås||3:45.864|
|4||55||ACCIONA | Sainz XE Workforce||DNF||Carlos Sainz||N/A||Laia Sanz||N/A|
|5||6||Rosberg X Racing||26:02.033*||Johan Kristoffersson||3:53.980||Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky||3:53.267|