Hamilton, Williams and Lotus sanctioned by stewards

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Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen have all been given sanctions for infringements during the second free practice session for the British Grand Prix.

Lotus were called before the stewards after they released Kimi Raikkonen in an unsafe manner within one minute of the session starting, with the team receiving a reprimand.

With four minutes of the session to go, Lewis Hamilton was returning to the pit lane; pit entry at Silverstone is very long and cuts out the final three corners. However, it transpired that the Mercedes driver did not enter in the correct fashion, with the FIA statement reading:

“The driver did not stay to the right of the bollard at the pit entry as defined in the race director’s notes to team managers.

“However, as no other cars were in the vicinity the offence is not regarded as too dangerous and it did not impede another competitor.”

As a result, Hamilton was given a reprimand.

The final visitor to the stewards’ office was Valtteri Bottas who was found to have breached the speed limit in the pit lane at the end of FP2, warranting a €1000 fine for Williams.

The driver steward for this weekend’s race is 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell.

NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.