Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Sebastien Ogier has closed the gap to leader Dani Sordo in ACI Rally Monza after both Sordo of Hyundai Motorsports and Esapekka Lappi of the M Sport Ford World Rally Team were each handed 10s time penalties by the stewards of the course after both drivers were deemed to have cut the chicane on the opening leg of the P Zero Grand Prix Speed test.
In a statement about Sordo, the FIA said:
The driver of car No.6 locked wheels on the approach to the chicane in an attempt to stop, was confused as the chicane differed from that of a previous special stage. He saw that there was no bale in front of him and went straight on.”
In a similar statement about Lappi the FIA said:
The driver of car 4 locked their wheels on the approach to the chicane and made an effort to stop. The team representatives stated that the driver decided to take what he felt was the safest option by going straight on, striking the hay bale in the process.”