The stewards have confirmed no action will be taken against any of the seven drivers who were under investigation for driving too slowly in final practice.
Nicholas Latifi, Romain Grosjean, Pierre Gasly, Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll, Alexander Albon and Carlos Sainz Jnr were all investigated after an incident in the final minutes of practice. Lewis Hamilton was also summoned by the stewards after he put two wheels off the track while passed Latifi and Grosjean.
The stewards ruled “it is impossible to determine that any driver was wholly or predominantly to blame for the incident.”
“Whilst it might be assumed that the first car in the ‘queue’ was predominantly to blame, it was not possible for us to determine how far forward in the queue we should consider and all cars appeared to have complied with the minimum time specified by the Race Director.
“Additionally, this was free practice, not Qualifying Practice, so it was not unreasonable for car 44 to seek to enter the pit lane on what was an out lap, in order to perform a practice start.
“However, the Stewards expect that the entire field will respect the Race Director’s instructions and that further, will use best endeavours to remain off the racing line when not at full speed.”
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