George Russell has explained why he was one of few drivers to notice the pit lane entrance was closed during the Italian Grand Prix.Kevin Magnussen’s retirement. Lewis Hamilton and Antonio Giovinazzi were not warned and came into the pits, earning costly 10-second stop-go penalties.
Russell appeared to be the only driver who noticed for themselves that the pit lane entry was closed. He spotted two board with red cross signals on the outside of the Parabolica corner.
“A big red cross normally means to me ‘don’t enter’,” he said during today’s FIA press conference ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix.
However Russell admitted he was surprised by the warning and didn’t immediately realise what it meant.
“I’ve never actually seen this big red cross. I’ve seen an arrow on the two panels before when there’s a crash on the start line and they tell you to go through the pit lane.
“I just presumed that it was pit lane closed. I know that is a rule, obviously not heard of it in recent year, it’s not something we have done often. So I thought it was common sense, to be honest.”
Hamilton said he didn’t see the signals which were positioned on the outside of the Parabolica corner.
“It was a little bit ‘out there’,” said Russell. “I saw Lewis’s video, I think if you’re not looking there, you’re sort of focussed on your pit entry and talking to your guys, I can understand how that happens. Strange circumstances.”
The two pit entry warning lights at Mugello (pictured) are positioned on the approach to Bucine, turn 15, and halfway around the corner on the outside for this weekend’s Tuscan Grand Prix.
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