No action taken over DRS infringements

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Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, has decided to take no further action over multiple DRS infringements during the Chinese Grand Prix.

Following an accident involving Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil, yellow flags were waved at the bottom of the back straight on the run down to turn 14, warning drivers to slow down. Under these conditions, drivers are forbidden from using DRS, yet it appears that many failed to adhere to this.

Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Chilton were all summoned to the stewards’ office after the race, but the decision has been taken to issue no penalties.

In the opening two races, the FIA reported problems with the telemetry linking race control and the cars on track. Usually, under yellow flag conditions, DRS would be automatically disabled. However, assuming that the issue has arisen once again this weekend, the FIA may have decided to be lenient with the drivers.

The telemetry issue has come about after the FIA switched supplier during the off-season, but once these teething problems are resolved we can expect communications between race control and the teams to return to normal.

Dakar Rally Stage 10 video highlights: Cars, Bikes, Trucks, Quads

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After Monday’s Stage 9 was washed out due to weather and impassable course conditions, the 40th Dakar Rally resumed with Stage 10 on Tuesday.

Several top competitors struggled during the course of the stage, with some even being eliminated due to crashes or injuries.

Here’s some of the best video action of the stage, as seen on NBCSN:

BIKES: Matthias Walkner wins Stage 10 of after a major shakeup.

CARS: Carlos Sainz plays it safe in Stage 10

Stephane Peterhansel took the overall stage win while Cars leader Carlos Sainz played it safe and came in third.

TRUCKS: The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten wins the stage, but Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold the overall lead.

 

QUADS: Nicolas Cavigliasso bests Gonzalez Ferioli in Stage 10, but Ignacio Casale continues to make a push for his second Dakar crown.

Stage 11 is Wednesday and runs from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.