Hamilton, Raikkonen, Vettel and Perez under investigation for incidents in Bahrain GP practice

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Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Perez all have a date with the stewards in Bahrain following minor incidents during the second practice session on Friday evening.

Vettel and Perez were called before the stewards following an incident towards the end of FP2 that warranted a red flag period due to debris on the track.

Exiting the pits, Vettel slowed his car down to try and allow Perez and Marcus Ericsson past at the first corner, only for his car to stop decelerating. This caused contact between Vettel and Perez, damaging the Ferrari’s front wing.

Despite initially being angry with Perez over the radio, Vettel soon worked out that the incident was a result of a problem on his own car, and will need to explain to the stewards just what happened this evening.

Following the red flag period, a number of cars queued up at the end of the pit lane, but both Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen took to the slow lane and passed a number of cars at the exit.

Romain Grosjean was demoted two places on the grid for this misdemeanor in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix, suggesting that both drivers will face some kind of sanction. However, given that it was only in practice, the stewards may opt to give both drivers some penalty points.

UPDATE – 1346 ET

The stewards have cleared both Sergio Perez and Sebastian Vettel following their incident, saying that neither driver could be deemed wholly responsible for the collision.

“I came out of the garage and had a problem,” Vettel said. “I hit the brakes but suddenly there was a blow and I couldn’t brake properly. Therefore I hit Sergio Perez in the corner.

“Of course I’m sorry, but I couldn’t do anything else in that moment. I was looking for Sergio to say sorry, but he was still sitting in the car.”

UPDATE – 1444 ET

Kimi Raikkonen has been reprimanded by the stewards for jumping the queue in the pit lane. “The driver of car seven drove in a potentially dangerous manner when leaving the pit lane,” a statement reads.