The race stewards for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza have handed Ferrari a €10,000 fine after the team allowed a driver out on track after the session was over in a somewhat bizarre incident during the first free practice session today.
Towards the end of the session, Fernando Alonso aimed to complete a practice start at the end of the pit lane. The Spaniard was stationary and in position, with teammate Felipe Massa coming down the pit lane in the final few seconds of the session. However, as Massa approached the end of the pit lane, the green light turned red, forbidding drivers from exiting the pits. Despite braking hard and only narrowly missing his teammate, Massa crossed the white line marking the pit exit, thus ‘exiting the pits’ (albeit by a tiny margin), and warranting a fine.
After the session, the stewards release a statement explaining their decision:
“The driver made every attempt to stop when seeing the red light, however the team made an error in releasing the car with insufficient time remaining in the session. No sporting advantage was gained.”
Besides this incident, Ferrari enjoyed a good day at Monza, with Fernando Alonso running strongly in both practice sessions as he bids to win the Italian Grand Prix for a third time this weekend.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.