Fernando Alonso and Ferrari have been given a € 15 000 fine for illegal DRS use during the Hungarian Grand Prix, which means that the Spaniard keeps his fifth place finish at Hungaroring
The FIA officials reported the team to the stewards as data downloaded revealed that Alonso activated the DRS on his Ferrari on three separate occasions in the race when he was more than one second behind the car ahead.
Under the rules, a pursuing driver is only allowed to use DRS when within one second of the car ahead, determined when they cross the DRS detection zone.
FIA Technical Delegate Joe Bauer summoned Alonso to the stewards who declared that a setting error by the team was to blame. However they added that the advantage had been negligible.
The stewards statement related to the incident concluded: “The DRS enabling system was not changed by the team from the pre-race to the race setting,” said a stewards’ statement. The driver therefore incorrectly received ‘DRS enabled’ messages and reacted to them (when not entitled to) 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 (less than one second over the entire race) was gained, the team argued that #3 also suffered a disadvantage by being unable to use DRS on every legitimate occasion.”
“However, the team is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the system conforms to the regulations.” (GP247)
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