Three drivers have been given reprimands following incidents in the First Practice Session ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Marcus Ericsson was given a reprimand for entering the pitlane and crossing the while line on entry. With Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo on the outside of him and losing control in the process, the Swede pushed the Red Bull off the circuit before entering the pitlane.
“The driver of Car 9 [Ericsson] claimed that the proximity of Car 3 [Ricciardo] caused a loss of downforce, which resulted in him oversteering over the white line,” explained the stewards.
“The probability of this being the case was confirmed by the Chief Engineer of Red Bull.
“Notwithstanding this, the stewards are of the view that the driver of Car 9, knowing that Car 3 was behind on a quick lap, should have reduced his speed earlier and allowed Car 3 to pass prior to the apex.”
Pascal Wherlein was noted as going too fast under the ‘Virtual Safety Car’ period, although his defence was there was little warning and he couldn’t slow down in time. His teammate on the other hand was also given a reprimand in the nature of him coming back on the circuit after a spin – coming out right in the path of Daniel Ricciardo in the penultimate corner.