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Bianchi, Van der Garde cleared over first lap clash 13 Oct 2013

Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 crashed at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Race Day, Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, 13 October 2013 The crashed car of Giedo van der Garde (NDL) Caterham CT03 is craned away.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Race Day, Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, 13 October 2013

Race stewards in Japan have decided that neither Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde nor Marussia’s Jules Bianchi was predominately to blame for the first corner crash that ruled both men out of Sunday’s race at Suzuka on the opening lap.

Having decided to investigate the incident after the race had finished, the stewards spoke to both drivers before coming to their conclusion.

“The incident was the result of actions by the drivers of car 21 (Giedo van der Garde) and car 23 (Max Chilton) which contributed to car 21 impacting the rear right of car 22 (Jules Bianchi),” the stewards’ report said.

“The Stewards do not believe either the driver of car 21 or car 22 were wholly or predominately to blame for the incident.”

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