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They were two different offenses. Alonso entered the pit lane whilst it was closed. Massa and Fisichella exited the pit lane whilst the exit was closed and controlled by a red light. The ignoring of a light signal is the same as ignoring a flag signal and is a basic rule of all motorsport. For once the FIA Stewards acted quickly and correctly in regarding this serious offence committed by two very experianced race car drivers.
ok question for equality
when a backmarker ignores 3 blue flags this can destroy a drivers race, but he will only be penalised with a 10 second penalty
massa and fisi ignored a red light and got black flagged. should by your theory every backmarker ignoring blue flags be black flagged?
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Red Flag or light means either session/race stopped. Slow down and proceed to the startline or pitlane as instructed by the marshals or stop at the pit exit. The Blue flag means a faster driver is trying to pass or lap you. Ignoring a red flag or light is a far more serious offence than ignoring a blue as a red flag/light is an instruction and blue is an advisory flag. Techinally the offence is the same but in reality ignoring RED or YELLOW flags is a far more serious offence as it puts marshals and drivers in mortal danger and ignoring the blue is only affecting the driver trying to overtake. As an Observer I would report red or yellow flag infringements more urgently than blue flag infringements