Alonso, Ferrari escape serious sanction for DRS misuse

By on Sunday, July 28, 2013
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Fernando Alonso has escaped serious sanction after three illegal uses of DRS during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Alonso was deemed to have used the device three times when he was not within a second of his rivals.

The matter was referred to the stewards, who deemed that any advantage gained was negligible and that it was the team who erred.

"The DRS enabling system was not changed by the team from the pre-race to the race setting," the report said.

"The driver therefore incorrectly received 'DRS enabled' messages and reacted to them on three occasions."

"As soon as the team became aware of the problem they informed the driver to only use DRS when told to do so by the team.

"Whilst a small sporting advantage was gained, the team argued #3 also suffered a disadvantage by being unable to use DRS on every legitimate occasion. However, the team is ultimately responsible for ensuring the system conforms to the regulations."

The stewards issued a €15,000 fine but Alonso was able to keep his fifth place.

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