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Rosberg called before stewards after British GP qualifying

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Nico Rosberg has been called before the FIA race stewards following qualifying for the British Grand Prix over an alleged breach of the regulations.

Formula 1 drivers’ championship leader Rosberg qualified second on Saturday at Silverstone behind Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

However, Rosberg will now face a grilling from the stewards at Silverstone, led this weekend by 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell, after going too slowly on his outlap during Q1.

A statement from the FIA confirms that Rosberg will see the stewards at 15:30 local time regarding an “alleged breach of Article 27.5 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations, exceeding the maximum time set by the FIA between the Safety Car line after the pit exit and the Safety Car line before the pit entry at 13:05”.

In layman’s terms, Rosberg is accused of going too slowly on his outlap at the start of qualifying, prompting the stewards to investigate.

UPDATE 10:43am ET – No action taken by FIA race stewards

The FIA race stewards have confirmed that no action will be taken against Rosberg as he was not on an in-lap when the slow lap time was set. The rule only applies for in-laps or reconnaissance laps before the race.

As a result, Rosberg will start second at Silverstone.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.