Felipe Nasr has been reprimanded by the FIA stewards in Singapore after failing to adhere to track limits during practice on Friday.
Following the saga surrounding Pirelli’s tire failures at the Belgian Grand Prix and the exceeding of track limits by drivers at Spa, stricter track limits guidelines have since been implemented.
At Monza, the stewards informed drivers that anyone missing the second chicane would have to take the longest possible route to return to the track, as defined by a bollard and a white line.
A similar tactic has been used by the stewards in Singapore at the first complex of corners to prevent drivers from gaining an advantage by running wide as Fernando Alonso did at the start of last year’s race.
“Any driver who fails to negotiate turn 2 by using the track, and who passes completely to the left of the orange kerb element, must keep to the right of the red and white polystyrene block and re-join the track on the outside of turn 3,” race director Charlie Whiting wrote in the event notes sent to all drivers earlier this week.
During the first free practice session in Singapore on Friday, Sauber driver Felipe Nasr failed to adhere to this, and was called before the stewards.
“Car 12 left the track at turn 2 and contrary to the Race Director’s Notes no 7 of 17th September, did not pass to the right of the red and white block,” the stewards wrote after seeing Nasr.
“The driver admitted he had not passed to the right of the block. As this occurred in Free Practice and not Qualifying or the Race, a reprimand is warranted.”
This marks Nasr’s first reprimand in F1 since debuting at the beginning of the 2015 season in Australia.
Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr. was also pulled in by the race stewards for going too quickly under yellow flags in practice, but no further action was taken against the Spaniard.
Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.
“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”
With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.
In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).
Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.
“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”
NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.
Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)
450 Class Championship Standings
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)