FIA stewards take no action over five-car incident on first lap of British Grand Prix

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The FIA stewards have confirmed that no action will be taken over the five-car incident on the first lap of Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

On lap one of the race, an incident at Farm involving Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button sparked an early safety car period.

A chain reaction was caused when Ricciardo and Grosjean made contact, forcing the Frenchman into Lotus teammate Maldonado.

In turn, this forced Alonso to jolt to the right and into the path of McLaren teammate Button, launching the Briton into the air.

Grosjean and Button were both eliminated on the spot, whilst Maldonado managed to return to the pits before retiring from the race.

The stewards confirmed in the aftermath of the incident that they would be investigating after the race, when they deemed that no one driver was to blame.

“No further action is warranted,” a report from the FIA read.

“After hearing from all the drivers involved in the turn three incident at the start of the race, it was decided that no driver was wholly or predominately to blame.”

Speaking after the race, Grosjean suggested that Ricciardo was in fact to blame for the incident after underestimating his brakes and tires on the opening lap.

“That was a very short race for the team and I feel for everyone here at Silverstone and at Enstone,” the Frenchman said. “Daniel must have thought his brakes and tires would be able to slow him better than they did and the result was the end of both my and Pastor’s race.

“No-one likes to end a grand prix like that as so much effort goes into making and preparing the cars. I know we have many fans who want to see us race so I feel for them too.”

After being resigned to his first retirement in three races, Maldonado was surprisingly upbeat and passive about the incident.

“At first I thought I had a puncture and would be able to return to the pits and re-join the race but unfortunately the damage to the car was more serious than that and I had to retire,” Maldonado said.

“There is nothing you can do in situations like these as it’s all part of racing. Now my focus is on the next race where we’ll be trying our very best as always.”

Ricciardo would ultimately retire from the race due to an electrical issue, whilst Alonso managed to finish in tenth place and score his first point of the 2015 season.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.