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.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”