Jenson Button will not be penalised for using DRS outside of the allocated zones. The McLaren driver’s rear wing suffered a malfunction which meant that it was left open through the Ascari chicane in first practice.
The stewards immediately opened up an investigation but later decided not to penalise him. A statement from the stewards read: “The stewards accept the evidence tabled by the team that, despite the DRS being shown as deactivated at the end of the first DRS zone (braking area for Turn 8) the hydraulic activation arm jammed against its carbon fibre cover, preventing deactivation of the wing element.”
Describing the problem, McLaren sporting director Sam Michael told AUTOSPORT: “We had a problem with some parts that were fouling on each other, so we had a clash of two different things. It is because we don’t run this wing or actuator anywhere else as it only runs at Monza.”
However he admitted that it didn’t take long to fix: “It was pretty straightforward to fix it, and we came in and pulled the parts off the car.”
Button finished the first practice session of the Italian Grand Prix weekend in seventh place, before setting the ninth fastest time in the afternoon session.
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