Hulkenberg let Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo teammate Kimi Raikkonen through upcoming the minor Turn 5 lefthand kink that simplifies the rapid right-left sweeps of consenting 6 and 7 at the start of middle sector.
The Renault then moved back into the center of the circuit, which meant Giovinazzi tried to move across the exterior of Hulkenberg through Flip 6 thus he was on the inside for Turn 7.
With the Alfa Against the edge of the trail, Hulkenberg turned in to the apex of Switch and induced contact between the two.
This sent Giovinazzi briefly air borne, but both drivers subsequently forced it right back into the pit lane.
They’ve now been summoned for a meeting with an stewards which was expected to start at 16.15 local time within an alleged breach of area of the FIA’s International Sporting Code from Hulkenberg.
In particular, the record refers to the region of the code which reads: “Causing a collision, repetition of serious mistakes or the look of too little control over the automobile (for instance, leaving the trail ) will be reported to the stewards and may involve the imposition of penalties upto and including the exception of any driver concerned. ”
Hulkenberg, that stopped FP1 eighth-fastest while Giovinazzi had been 16th, had been told by his Renault engineer over radio stations “I have no clue what he had been playing with at. ”
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