Four drivers reprimanded for qualifying in-laps
31 July 2010 – Following qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday, four drivers have been officially reprimanded by Formula 1 governing body the FIA for driving too slowly at the end of the Q1 and Q3 phases.
Once all flying laps are completed at the end of a qualifying period, the Safety Car is deployed and all competitors are obliged to return to the pits at a minimum speed determined by the FIA and displayed on each car’s steering wheel.
However, both Virgin Racing drivers plus the Hispania of Sakon Yamamoto circulated too slowly at the end of Q1 before Renault’s Vitaly Petrov committed the same offence as Q3 came to an end.
This weekend’s racing driver in Race Control is Derek Warwick, who also oversaw proceedings at the Spaniard Grand Prix in May.