Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Rosberg have both avoided penalties after the pair were found to have overtaken cars under the red flags during opening practice ahead of the British Grand Prix.
Free practice one was red-flagged following Felipe Massa’s crash at the exit of Stowe early in the session.
Under red flag conditions drivers are not permitted to overtake rival cars.
However, Rosberg – the fastest man in opening practice – was seen to pass Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso, while Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo overtook Fernando Alonso.
Having reviewed the evidence and spoken to both drivers involved in the separate cases the stewards have decided to take no further action in regard to the incidents.
Ricciardo avoided any punishment because his pass was deemed to have occurred ‘within tenths of a second of the flag signal.’
“Car 3 [Ricciardo] was approaching a car that was travelling significantly slower even before the red flag was displayed and therefore at the moment of the red flag the driver of car 3 was concerned with safety passing car 14 [Alonso],” explained a FIA statement.
Rosberg too avoided any form of penalty as Kvyatt was found to have slowed dramatically at turn 15, forcing the German to pass.
“The driver of car 6 [Rosberg] had driven the lap fully within the regulations and was travelling at a safe and reasonable speed throughout.
“At the moment of the overtake, car 26 [Kvyat] pulled fully off line and slowed to as low as 38kph in what appeared to be a very unusual manner, in an area of the track that was completely clear; and that the driver of car 6 took reasonable avoiding action of a car; he reasonably believed was in difficulty.”
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