Rosberg and Ricciardo escape FP1 penalties

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo escaped penalties after they were cleared after overtaking cars during a red flag period in FP1 on the opening day of the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone

have both been cleared after overtaking other cars during the red flag period of Friday’s opening practice session at Silverstone.

Rosberg overtool Daniil Kvyat, while Ricciardo passed Fernando Alonso, in the aftermath of Felipe Massa’s crash on the exit of Stowe which resulted in the red flags.

Both Rosberg and Ricciardo were summoned to see the stewardsafter the incidents.

Rosberg said: “The thing was that for me [Kvyat] was pulling off the track, he went off line and slowed right down to 38km/h, which is more or less stopping. For me that looked like he had a problem and when a person does have a problem you are allowed to very slowly move on and that’s what I did.”

The stewards confirmed they accepted Rosberg’s reasoning: “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 6 had driven the lap fully within the regulations and was travelling at a safe and reasonable speed throughout? that at the moment of the overtake, car 26 pulled fully off line and slowed to as low as 38km/h 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 6 took reasonable avoiding action of a car, that the stewards accept he reasonably believed to be in difficulty.”

Ricciardo gave his side of the story: “We went into the stewards and analysed it, it was a long way from the accident itself – it was just a case of closing speeds and what not. Nice to obviously not received anything and I won’t do it again!”

The stewards agreed: “The pass occurred within tenths of a second of the red flag signal? that car 3 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 safely passing car 14? and that having seen the red flag indication on his steering wheel and on the track that he then took all reasonable actions to comply with the regulations and proceed in a safe manner.” (GP247)