FIA won’t punish Nico Rosberg after Belgian GP incident with Lewis Hamilton

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Citing a lack of new evidence, an FIA spokesman has confirmed that the sanctioning body will not punish Nico Rosberg over his early incident with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

“The FIA will not intervene in this issue,” the spokesman said according to multiple reports. “Only a ‘new element’ that would have appeared after the results became final could justify us opening an investigation.

The spokesman also referred to Hamilton’s accusation that Rosberg admitted to hitting him on purpose: “A comment alleged to have been made in an internal briefing and later denied by the team itself does not constitute such a ‘new element’.”

Rosberg has also touched on both the incident and Hamilton’s remarks in a video blog.

“I’ve been told what Lewis said in the press and the way he has stated his version of the events,” Rosberg says according to Reuters. “All I can say is that my view of the events are very different.”

However, the German did not go about expressing his view on the blog post.

“The thing is it’s just better that I don’t now give all the details of my opinion and things like that,” he said. “I hope you respect that. I prefer to just keep it internal.”

Rosberg went on to finish second in Sunday’s race behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, while Hamilton failed to finish. But Hamilton has vowed that he will not be looking for payback when F1 resumes its season at the Italian Grand Prix on Sept. 7.

“The [Spa] weekend was damaging,” said Hamilton according to Britain’s Press Association. “I don’t know how I’m going to get back those 29 points, but what I do know is I’ve a great group of people behind me.

“The poor guys on my side of the garage have had quite a lot of bad races. But I know with their support and that of the fans, the fact we’ve a great car, a great team and we should be finishing one-two, I really hope I can bring them some good results moving forwards.

“Whatever the case, I will always put the team first and I won’t take anything into my own hands.”

As for the avoidance of potential future skirmishes with Rosberg, Hamilton said: “I’ll have to make sure we’re not wheel to wheel.”

IndyCar: Turn 5 gives drivers fits in Friday’s second practice at Barber Motorsports Park

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You’ve heard of the Fast Six in IndyCar, right?

Well, Friday’s second practice session for Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama was the Frustrating Five – Turn 5, that is.

It almost might be easier to list those drivers that were not bitten by the cantankerous turn on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park layout in Birmingham, Alabama.

Close to 10 drivers in the 23-driver field suffered issues in the turn, ranging from running off the grass and back on, to getting stuck and having to be towed out, to suffering damage.

But by the time the one-hour session was over, Josef Newgarden took a big step towards defending his win from last year’s race there, being fastest in Friday’s second of two practice sessions.

Newgarden covered the 2.3-mile permanent road course in a speed of 122.786 mph at a best lap time of 1:07.4345 minutes.

Spencer Pigot was second (125.599 mph/1:07.5372), followed by Sebastien Bourdais (122.129 mph/1:07.7971), Will Power (122.107 mph/1:07.8092) and last week’s winner at Long Beach, Alexander Rossi (122.065 mph/1:07.8326).

Sixth through 10th-fastest were Scott Dixon (122.044 mph/1:07.8445), Ryan Hunter-Reay (121.975 mph/1:07.8829), Takuma Sato (121.652 mph/1:08.0628), Marco Andretti (121.579 mph/1:08.1040) and Graham Rahal (121.572 mph/1:08.1076).

Now, speaking of all the incidents, here’s a list.

INCIDENTS:

* Right after rookie Matheus Leist spun early in the session in Turn 5, fellow rookie Zach Veach spun with about 45 minutes left in the session in Turn 5. Graham Rahal had to take evasive action to miss Veach.

But that wasn’t all, as Sebastien Bourdais followed in almost the same spot with a spin of his own roughly a minute later, and then Gabby Chaves also had his problems in the same turn, going into the grass but avoiding the gravel.

* Simon Pagenaud joined his Penske Racing teammate Josef Newgarden in the Turn 5 gravel. Newgarden spun into the gravel in the first practice session.

* Rookie Rene Binder, who has struggled in his inaugural season, continued to have issues, running into the wall and causing damage to the front end, needing a tow truck to get him righted.

It appeared Binder snapped part of the front suspension in the incident.

* Turn 5 saw James Hinchcliffe and Tony Kanaan run off-track late in the session, but they were able to continue.

ALSO OF NOTE:

* The third and final practice of the weekend will take place Saturday morning at 10:50 a.m. ET, followed by qualifying beginning at 4:05 p.m. ET, to be televised live on CNBC (with an encore performance at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN). The race, to be televised live Sunday on NBCSN, is slated to start at 3:30 p.m. ET.

* However, the weather forecast does not look promising for Sunday’s race. As of 1 p.m. ET today, the forecast calls for 100 percent rain throughout the day.

* Dixon has had an incredible record at Barber Motorsports Park, with seven podium finishes in eight starts there. Except for one thing: he has yet to win a race there. But he does have five runner-up and two other third-place showings on the permanent road course.

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