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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.

V8SC: Mostert, five marshals injured in heavy qualifying crash (VIDEO)

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Chaz Mostert, the defending Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 champion, and five corner marshals have been injured following Mostert’s heavy accident in qualifying coming through the exit of the Dipper at Mount Panorama.

Mostert clipped the apex at a left-hand corner, which then ricocheted him both right and then left again at the corner, the last of the impacts shooting him up the retaining wall with severe left side damage to his No. 6 Pepsi Max Racing Ford Falcon.

Mostert was conscious, but has sustained a fractured left femur and a fractured left wrist, and has been airlifted to hospital.

Five corner marshals were also injured. Four of them sustained minor injuries while a fifth was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton said this in a statement:

“Our number one priority is the safety of our drivers and officials. Our thoughts are with Chaz and his family and the marshals who do an incredible job.

“I’d like to thank the specialist emergency response teams and medical staff at the circuit.”

The video is below.  All remaining track activity for the day has been canceled.

Pippa Mann, breast cancer survivors paint IMS’ start/finish line pink

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We’ve written a fair bit on MotorSportsTalk about the efforts Pippa Mann has done in working with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer awareness. Susan G. Komen has supported Mann’s last two runs at the Indianapolis 500, when she’s driven the No. 63 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.

This being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the awareness hit a new level with Mann working alongside breast cancer survivors to paint the start/finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s iconic Yard of Bricks pink for the day.

IMS president Doug Boles also joined in the opportunity.

View a selection of photos and social posts below. More is linked here, via IndyCar.com.