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.
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.
MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup
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MORE: Stage 8 wrapup
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MORE: Stage 3 wrapup
MORE: Stage 2 wrapup
MORE: Stage 1 wrapup