No action taken over DRS infringements

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Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, has decided to take no further action over multiple DRS infringements during the Chinese Grand Prix.

Following an accident involving Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil, yellow flags were waved at the bottom of the back straight on the run down to turn 14, warning drivers to slow down. Under these conditions, drivers are forbidden from using DRS, yet it appears that many failed to adhere to this.

Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Chilton were all summoned to the stewards’ office after the race, but the decision has been taken to issue no penalties.

In the opening two races, the FIA reported problems with the telemetry linking race control and the cars on track. Usually, under yellow flag conditions, DRS would be automatically disabled. However, assuming that the issue has arisen once again this weekend, the FIA may have decided to be lenient with the drivers.

The telemetry issue has come about after the FIA switched supplier during the off-season, but once these teething problems are resolved we can expect communications between race control and the teams to return to normal.

Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

Photo and video courtesy NHRA
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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: