UPDATE: Ferrari fined €15,000 for Alonso’s misuse of DRS

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Ferrari have been fined €15,000 after Fernando Alonso appeared to use DRS despite being more than one second behind the car ahead on more than one occasion.

DRS (Drag Reduction System) works by a slot in the rear wing popping open when the driver is less than one second behind the car ahead in an attempt to invoke more overtaking into the sport. However, it appears that Alonso may have somehow used the system despite being outside of this window.

A statement from the FIA technical delegate reads:

“After the race DRS activation data from car number 03 [Alonso] were analysed. It was found that the driver has activated the adjustable bodywork in three occasions when he was more than one second behind another car.

“As this is not in conformity with article 27.5 b) of the 2013 Formula One Sporting Regulations I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.”

Eventually, the stewards opted not to penalize Alonso himself and handed Ferrari a €15,000 fine.

This follows the stewards’ decision to penalize Romain Grosjean for exceeding track limits when overtaking Felipe Massa during the race today.

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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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.