Mark Webber and Valtteri Bottas have both received a reprimand after failing to slow down under yellow flags during FP1 on Friday.
The session was marred by wet weather, but it dried out sufficiently towards the end of the 90 minutes to allow some dry running. However, Pastor Maldonado was caught out by the conditions and crashed into the barrier at turn 3, bringing out the yellow flags whilst his car was recovered.
Although Webber was sure that he did slow down, the stewards called him to their office in order to analyze the incident, and they eventually decided to hand the Red Bull driver a reprimand.
Bottas, Maldonado’s teammate, was also found to have failed to restrict his speed, and was given the same penalty.
This reprimand is Webber’s second of the season, with drivers facing an automatic grid drop should they receive three within one year.
As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.
Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.
Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.
Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.