Rosberg, Ricciardo escape penalties for practice incidents

By on Friday, July 4, 2014
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Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo have avoided penalties after overtaking rivals during the red flag period in Friday's first practice session.

Rosberg passed Daniil Kvyat, while Ricciardo overtook Fernando Alonso, as the red flags flew following Felipe Massa's accident.

But the stewards deemed that no further action was warranted.

'Having reviewed data from several cars in the same area of the track, several angles of video and having spoken to the driver concerned, the Stewards determined that: the driver of car number six [Rosberg] had driven the lap fully within the regulations and was travelling at a safe and reasonable speed throughout,' the stewards decided.

'That 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 visibly completely clear; and that the driver of car six took resonable avoiding action of a car, that the Stewards accept he reasonably believed to be in difficulty.

The stewards concluded that Rosberg 'slowed to as low as 39kph immediately having passed car 26, reasonably reacting to the situation and continued to proceed with extreme caution.'

The stewards also decided that Ricciardo's move on Alonso was concluded 'within tenths of a second of the red flag signal'.

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