At the end of the first free practice session of the British Grand Prix, Antonio Giovinazzi received a warning from the marshals for having squandered debris on the track, which moreover caused an interruption of the EL1s by red flag. After around half an hour of driving, the Italian rider spun off at turn 13, causing a huge flat on one of his tires and damaging his flat bottom. Despite this incident, he was able to bring his Alfa Romeo back to the pit, but he lost many body parts along the way. The race management had to intervene in order to allow the marshals to clean the track.
The stewards opened an investigation into the way Giovinazzi behaved and felt that he had lacked caution in returning to the track. They used a new sanction available in the regulatory arsenal defined by the FIA International Sporting Code. This is how the Italian received a warning, which is above the reprimand and the fine in the sanctions scale. He is the first on the board to receive this warning.
“The marshals believe that the driver acted in a manner potentially dangerous for others by continuing at his speed and without being careful to reach the pit lane, scattering debris”, is it mentioned in the FIA report. “It also led to an extended 12-minute session hiatus. The Stewards compared this incident with others that had occurred in free practice in recent years, and decided to issue a warning, a sanction now available in the International Sporting Code. “
Giovinazzi finished 18th in FP1 after completing a total of 17 laps, only ahead of Nicholas Latifi’s Williams and Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, who encountered a technical problem.