Lewis Hamilton's action to return to the track at the T2 corner of the Russian Grand Prix qualifying was investigated, but the FIA finally believed that there was no violation of the rules and ensured his pole position.
Race Director Michael Massi warned the drivers before the race that if they miss the apex of the T2 turn, they must weave between some bright orange bollards and then slowly rejoin the track.
Hamilton failed to drive along the prescribed escape route in qualifying, which prompted him to be investigated with Williams’ Nicholas Latifi and Haas’s Kevin Magnussen and Roman Grosjean.
The officer said in a subsequent announcement that Hamilton admitted that he did not follow Marcy’s instructions, but did not gain any advantage and did return to the track safely, thus avoiding punishment.
The officer’s statement read: "The driver admitted that he did not follow the instructions, and he also admitted that he would be punished for doing so in the race. The officer believed that he did not gain an advantage because the related lap times were deleted. In addition, in order to be consistent with the previous decision , The officer considered the precedents of the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix and the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix."
The FIA has always placed strict limits on Sochi’s track because of the large number of maneuvers on the track, which prompted it to install an escape route at Turn 2 and then enter a left turn at Turn 3.