The FIA have confirmed that Nico Rosberg’s pole position lap is now under investigation by the stewards for potentially breaching yellow flag regulations.
Rosberg set the fastest lap in Q3 despite having improved his time in the second sector, in which he was shown double-waved yellow flags by marshalls. Rosberg insisted after qualifying that he had lifted in acknowledgement of the caution flags and that the improving track conditions allowed him to still improve his personal best time.
The stewards initially gave no indication of intending to investigate the incident, but have now decided to do so. The steward’s notice is as follows:
The driver and team representative are required to report to the Stewards at 19:45 in relation to the incident below.
No/Driver: 6 – Nico Rosberg
Reason: Alleged breach of Appendix H. Article 184.108.40.206 b) of the FIA International Sporting Code – failure to slow for yellow flags at 15:54.
The regulation referred to by the stewards in the FIA’s International Sporting Code states the following:
This is a signal of danger and should be shown to drivers in two ways with the following meanings:
– Single waved: Reduce your speed, do not overtake, and be prepared to change direction. There is a hazard beside or partly on the track.
– Double waved: Reduce your speed significantly, do not overtake, and be prepared to change direction or stop. There is a hazard wholly or partly blocking the track and/or marshals working on or beside the track.
Yellow flags should normally be shown only at the marshal post immediately preceding the hazard.
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