It was announced yesterday that Pascal Wehrlein, Rio Haryanto and Marcus Ericsson all picked up reprimands in first practice for the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.
Three reprimands results in a 10-place grid penalty, however, this is the first reprimand each driver has been given in 2016.
Manor’s Haryanto was awarded his for rejoining the track in a dangerous manner in front of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. The stewards stated the following about Haryanto’s reprimand as follows:-
‘Despite the driver’s assertion that he thought Ricciardo would slow sufficiently under the yellow flag to allow Hayranto to re-join the track safely, the Stewards are of the view that there was potential risk in the manoeuvre and that therefore is was not safe.’.
Meanwhile, his team mate Wehrlein was deemed to be speeding under the the VSC and subsequently was give a reprimand as follows:-
‘The driver gave evidence that he thought his speed would reduce much quicker than it did, and that he was surprised at how long it took to get to within the correct time due to this occurring on a very fast straight, which he had not experienced previously.’
Finally, Ericsson was also reprimanded for cutting the white line at pit entry whilst being overtaken by Ricciardo. The stewards said the following about Ericsson:-
‘[Ericsson] claimed that the proximity of car three [Ricciardo] caused a loss of downforce, which in turn resulted in him oversteering over the white line at the entry to the pit lane. The probability of this being the case was confirmed by the chief engineer of Red Bull Racing.
‘Notwithstanding this, the stewards are of the view that the driver of car nine, knowing that car three was behind on a quick lap, should have reduced his speed earlier and allowed car three to pass prior to the apex of the corner near the pit entry.’