Button handed grid penalty for red flag infringement

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Jenson Button has been handed a three-place grid penalty after overtaking under red flags during the first free practice session for the United States Grand Prix in Austin today.

The session on Friday morning was disrupted by two lengthy delays. Initially, a thick layer of fog caused the start of FP1 to be delayed by forty minutes, and just fifteen minutes of running took place before the red flags were shown due to the absence of the medical helicopter.

After the red flags had been shown, Jenson Button overtook Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat on his way back to the pits thus breaching the FIA regulations, and earning himself a grid penalty.

The British driver will therefore drop three places from his qualifying position on Friday, before all other penalties are taken into consideration and applied.

Button has endured a difficult season with McLaren, but the 2009 world champion showed early signs of good pace in practice to finish in second place on Friday morning.

This weekend’s United States Grand Prix is being shown live on NBC, with coverage starting at 1pm ET on Sunday.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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