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UPDATE: Ferrari fined €15,000 for Alonso’s misuse of DRS

Jul 28, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

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Ferrari have been fined €15,000 after Fernando Alonso appeared to use DRS despite being more than one second behind the car ahead on more than one occasion.

DRS (Drag Reduction System) works by a slot in the rear wing popping open when the driver is less than one second behind the car ahead in an attempt to invoke more overtaking into the sport. However, it appears that Alonso may have somehow used the system despite being outside of this window.

A statement from the FIA technical delegate reads:

“After the race DRS activation data from car number 03 [Alonso] were analysed. It was found that the driver has activated the adjustable bodywork in three occasions when he was more than one second behind another car.

“As this is not in conformity with article 27.5 b) of the 2013 Formula One Sporting Regulations I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.”

Eventually, the stewards opted not to penalize Alonso himself and handed Ferrari a €15,000 fine.

This follows the stewards’ decision to penalize Romain Grosjean for exceeding track limits when overtaking Felipe Massa during the race today.

  1. rneopets - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Oh no – not $15,000. How will Ferrari ever pay such a fee?

  2. tmoore44 - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    This could be an article on the Onion!

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