MONTMELO – Nico Rosberg has been hit with a reprimand for failing to stay within the white lines when entering the pit lane during the first free practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday.
The German driver finished the session as the fastest driver, but remained under investigation after crossing the white line when entering the pits midway through the session.
Shortly after FP1 concluded, the stewards released a statement confirming that Rosberg had been penalized, receiving a reprimand for his misdemeanor.
“The driver crossed the line separating the pit entry from the track and did not stay to the right of the bollard, as required in the Race Director’s Event Notes,” the statement read.
Race Director Charlie Whiting had written to the drivers on Thursday in his regular pre-race briefing and said that “for safety reasons drivers must keep to the right of the bollard at the pit entry”.
As a result, Rosberg has been slapped with a reprimand, which is his first of the current season.