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Ferrari fined for Alonso’s misuse of DRS 28 Jul 2013

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Hungaroring, Hungary. Sunday, 28 July 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Hungaroring, Hungary. Sunday, 28 July 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Hungaroring, Hungary. Sunday, 28 July 2013

Ferrari have been handed a 15,000 euro fine by the Hungarian Grand Prix stewards after Fernando Alonso was found to have misused the Drag Reduction System (DRS) during Sunday’s race in Budapest.

The FIA’s technical delegate Jo Bauer referred the matter to the stewards because data indicated that Alonso had activated the DRS on three occasions when he was not within one second of the car in front at the DRS detection point as required by the regulations.

However, the stewards decided that an error by the team was to blame for the Spaniard using the system at the wrong time, and that any advantage gained was likely negligible.

"The DRS enabling system was not changed by the team from the pre-race to the race setting," read a statement from the stewards. "The driver therefore incorrectly received 'DRS enabled' messages and reacted to them (when not entitled to) on three occasions.

"As soon as the team became aware of the problem they informed the driver to only use DRS when told to do so by the team. Whilst a small sporting advantage (less than one second over the entire race) was gained, the team argued #3 also suffered a disadvantage by being unable to use DRS on every legitimate occasion.

"However, the team is ultimately responsible for ensuring the system conforms to the regulations."

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