Button gets grid penalty for overtaking during red flag period
16 November, 2013
McLaren’s Jenson Button has been given a three-place grid penalty by FIA race stewards at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, for overtaking during the red-flag period in Friday’s first free practice session of the United States Grand Prix.
After reviewing video evidence and spoken to Button, the stewards declared that Button had breached Appendix H, Article 188.8.131.52 (b)(3) of the FIA International Sporting Code which prohibits overtaking when red flags are shown.
The red flag period was caused by the medical helicopter not being present at the circuit, which is a prerequisite for practice to take place.
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