Ricciardo handed reprimand after pit lane misdemeanor

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Daniel Ricciardo has been given a reprimand after the stewards deemed him guilty of making a dangerous overtake in the pit lane at the end of the first practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver made a move on Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado that was “potentially dangerous to others in the pit lane”, according to the stewards, and broke article 30.13 of the Formula 1 sporting regulations.

That regulation reads: “At no time may a car be driven unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers or any other person. This will apply whether any such car is being driven on the track, the pit entry or the pit lane.”

The incident took place at the end of the 90 minute session, suggesting that Ricciardo may have illegally passed Maldonado in the pit lane in order to get to his pit box.

However, this is only Ricciardo’s first reprimand of the season. Should he tally two more, he would be subject to a grid penalty.

Ferrari signs Callum Ilott to young driver academy

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Ferrari has confirmed the signing of rising British racer Callum Ilott to its prestigious driver academy ahead of the 2018 season.

Ilott, 18, is a former member of Red Bull’s junior program, and has spent the last three years racing in the FIA European Formula 3 series, taking eight race wins.

After finishing the 2017 season fourth in the championship with Prema Powerteam, Ilott has now linked up with the Ferrari Driver Academy in the next step of his racing career, becoming its first British member.

“Ferrari Driver Academy is pleased to announce that British driver Callum Ilott is the latest promising young driver to be selected for its development program,” an announcement from Ferrari reads.

“18 years old, Ilott joins the FDA in his third season in car racing, having just finished the FIA F3 European Championship. He comes with a strong pedigree in international Formula 3 racing, having made the jump directly from karting as reigning European Champion.

“Ilott joins Charles Leclerc, Antonio Fuoco, Guan Yu Zhou, Giuliano Alesi, Marcus Armstrong and Enzo Fittipaldi in the programme, which supports talented young drivers on their career path in motorsport.”

Besides its existing roster, the Ferrari Driver Academy also played a part in the careers of Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and the late Jules Bianchi.