No further action over Rosberg, Ricciardo incidents
4 July 2014 – Stewards at the British Grand Prix have cleared Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo after the duo were alleged to have passed rivals during the red flag period in Friday's first practice session at Silverstone.
The session was stopped following Felipe Massa's accident at Stowe and while making their way back to the pits, Rosberg passed Daniil Kvyat while Ricciardo overtook Fernando Alonso.
Despite the alleged rule breaches, the stewards concluded that sanctions were not necessary.
'Having reviewed data from several cars in the same area of the track, several angles of video and having spoken to the driver concerned, the Stewards determined that: the driver of car number six [Rosberg] had driven the lap fully within the regulations and was travelling at a safe and reasonable speed throughout,' read the stewards statement.
'That at the moment of the overtake, car 26 [Kvyat] pulled fully off line and slowed to as low as 38kph in what appeared to be a very unusual manner, in an area of the track that was visibly completely clear; and that the driver of car six took resonable avoiding action of a car, that the Stewards accept he reasonably believed to be in difficulty.
The stewards concluded that Rosberg 'slowed to as low as 39kph immediately having passed car 26, reasonably reacting to the situation and continued to proceed with extreme caution.'
The stewards determined that Ricciardo's pass on Alonso was concluded 'within tenths of a second of the red flag signal', and that the Australian duly complied with the regulations.