Following the penalties given out during yesterday’s practice sessions, the FIA-appointed stewards have been busy once again on Saturday after four drivers were picked up on minor infringements.
Kimi Raikkonen was once again in the dock after Lotus were reprimanded yesterday when the team unsafely released the Finn during FP2. Today, Raikkonen was adjudged to have broken the speed limit in the pit lane during FP3, and Lotus were subsequently given a €500 fine.
The fines given to Marussia and Mercedes were also for the same offence (Mercedes’ also in FP3, Marussia in qualifying), with the teams’ wallets being €300 and €700 lighter respectively.
Marussia were also called before the stewards for a separate offence after Jules Bianchi “failed to proceed to the FIA garage for weighing when signalled to do so.”
As a result, Bianchi was handed a reprimand.
Additionally, Felipe Massa was confirmed to have changed his engine between FP3 and qualifying, switching to a previously-used unit that remained within his allocation of eight for the season. Therefore, he will face no penalty.
Several members of the NBC Sports motorsports staff have made their predictions on who will win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Of the six voters, two are going with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden, while two others are going with Helio Castroneves to win a fourth 500, which would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.
Here’s our picks. Who are YOU picking?
Leigh Diffey: Helio Castroneves — He drives the place better than anyone else. For me (for what its worth) he deserves a fourth 500 ring for the frustration he went through never getting the IndyCar title!
Townsend Bell: Josef Newgarden
Nate Ryan: Simon Pagenaud — All of his 2018 misfortune on the track has disappeared in May, and it culminates in the biggest victory of his career.
Jerry Bonkowski: Helio Castroneves – There’s no pressure as he pursues his fourth Indy 500 win. All Helio has to do, as late NFL owner Al Davis would say, is “Just win, baby!” (But if Helio falls short, watch for Marco Andretti)
Kyle Lavigne: Josef Newgarden — I think he has everything he needs to get it done this year.
Dan Beaver: Robert Wickens – Has driven like anything except a rookie and his second-place finish at Phoenix proves he’s just as good on an oval as the road courses.
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