The FIA stewards decided no investigation was necessary after discovering some drivers activated their Drag Reduction Systems while passing yellow flags during Sunday’s race.but last year the rules interpretation was relaxed. Now drivers are only penalised if they fail to reduce their speed after passing yellow flags, regardless of whether they have DRS activated.
FIA race director Michael Masi confirmed “a couple of them did activate DRS for a relatively short period of time” but the stewards were satisfied no one had failed to reduce their speed.
“The overriding factor with double yellow flags is the requirement to slow and significantly slow,” he said. “That’s what we looked at with all of them and all of them complied with that.”
“So the stewards looked at that and determined that no investigation was necessary,” he added. “The overriding factor of slowing for the double yellows was absolutely complied with.”
Asked whether the rules needed further clarification, Masi said: “It’s one of those things you can’t make a rule to suit every situation.
“It’s the reason why we have stewards to make a determination on things and they said the overriding factor is that they slow, which they all did.”
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