Nico Hulkenberg has avoided a penalty for cutting turn one “without a justifiable reason” during qualifying.
The Renault driver was accused of holding other cars up by cutting the chicane after leaving the pits ahead of his eight rivals at the start of the final runs in Q3.
“The stewards noted that he entered the corner at the same speed as he did on his previous fast lap. He was also in third gear instead of second gear which he used on his previous out lap.
“The stewards note that the regulation refers to ‘deliberately’ leaving the track and in this case we are unable to determine that the driver deliberately left the track.”
Hulkenberg is also under investigation for driving unnecessarily slowly during the session, as are Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz Jnr. Sebastian Vettel has also been summoned to answer charges he left the track and gained a lasting advantage when he ran wide at Parabolica.
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