FIA stewards take no action over five-car incident on first lap of British Grand Prix

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The FIA stewards have confirmed that no action will be taken over the five-car incident on the first lap of Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

On lap one of the race, an incident at Farm involving Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button sparked an early safety car period.

A chain reaction was caused when Ricciardo and Grosjean made contact, forcing the Frenchman into Lotus teammate Maldonado.

In turn, this forced Alonso to jolt to the right and into the path of McLaren teammate Button, launching the Briton into the air.

Grosjean and Button were both eliminated on the spot, whilst Maldonado managed to return to the pits before retiring from the race.

The stewards confirmed in the aftermath of the incident that they would be investigating after the race, when they deemed that no one driver was to blame.

“No further action is warranted,” a report from the FIA read.

“After hearing from all the drivers involved in the turn three incident at the start of the race, it was decided that no driver was wholly or predominately to blame.”

Speaking after the race, Grosjean suggested that Ricciardo was in fact to blame for the incident after underestimating his brakes and tires on the opening lap.

“That was a very short race for the team and I feel for everyone here at Silverstone and at Enstone,” the Frenchman said. “Daniel must have thought his brakes and tires would be able to slow him better than they did and the result was the end of both my and Pastor’s race.

“No-one likes to end a grand prix like that as so much effort goes into making and preparing the cars. I know we have many fans who want to see us race so I feel for them too.”

After being resigned to his first retirement in three races, Maldonado was surprisingly upbeat and passive about the incident.

“At first I thought I had a puncture and would be able to return to the pits and re-join the race but unfortunately the damage to the car was more serious than that and I had to retire,” Maldonado said.

“There is nothing you can do in situations like these as it’s all part of racing. Now my focus is on the next race where we’ll be trying our very best as always.”

Ricciardo would ultimately retire from the race due to an electrical issue, whilst Alonso managed to finish in tenth place and score his first point of the 2015 season.