Button handed grid penalty for red flag infringement

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Jenson Button has been handed a three-place grid penalty after overtaking under red flags during the first free practice session for the United States Grand Prix in Austin today.

The session on Friday morning was disrupted by two lengthy delays. Initially, a thick layer of fog caused the start of FP1 to be delayed by forty minutes, and just fifteen minutes of running took place before the red flags were shown due to the absence of the medical helicopter.

After the red flags had been shown, Jenson Button overtook Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat on his way back to the pits thus breaching the FIA regulations, and earning himself a grid penalty.

The British driver will therefore drop three places from his qualifying position on Friday, before all other penalties are taken into consideration and applied.

Button has endured a difficult season with McLaren, but the 2009 world champion showed early signs of good pace in practice to finish in second place on Friday morning.

This weekend’s United States Grand Prix is being shown live on NBC, with coverage starting at 1pm ET on Sunday.

IndyCar, Dallara reveal tweak to speedway aero package

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INDYCAR and Dallara revealed on Monday that a front wing extension will be made available to Verizon IndyCar Series teams to use as part of the super speedway aero package for the universal aero kits.

The extensions are expected to provide an increase in front downforce, by a minimum of three percent, and teams will be free to use them as needed. Dallara is also providing an additional wicker that can be used as a part of the extension.

The change comes in the wake of drivers voicing concerns about stability at the front of the car, especially while running in traffic – concerns which surfaced initially during Indianapolis 500 practice.

More details about the change can be viewed on IndyCar’s website.

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