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.