No action over Raikkonen/Sainz FP2 commotion


Kimi Raikkonen - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

The Brazilian Grand Prix stewards have decided that no further action is required after investigating an incident between Kimi Raikkonen and Carlos Sainz Jr during second practice at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace on Friday.

The Scuderia Ferrari and Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers were running closely together early during the session, passing each other before Raikkonen overtook Sainz around the outside out of the final corner only to immediately cut across the Spaniard and into the pit lane.

The stewards looked into the incident and after discussing it with both drivers and examining a lot of information at their disposal, felt no further action was needed.

“Having reviewed the video footage, telemetry, radio broadcasts by the teams and having spoken to the teams and drivers involved, the stewards determined that no further action was necessary,” read the FIA statement.

“On the lap concerned both drivers had aborted their lap at about Turn 9. Following the abort, both drivers agreed that they were setting up for what they were doing next, not quite understanding what the other was doing.

“On the uphill prior to the pit entry, Sainz’s car was initially at a similar speed to Raikkonen, then having entered harvesting mode, did not accelerate at the same rate as Raikkonen.

“Raikkonen then had to go around Sainz to enter the pits, and because of his greater speed he was able to do so safely. He did enter the pit lane prior to the beginning of the white pit entry line.

“Both drivers agreed that the did not have to take any avoiding action. The Stewards are satisfied that neither driver drove unnecessarily slowly, erratically or potentially dangerously.”