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Vergne reprimanded, but escapes penalty

Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne will not be handed a penalty for ignoring officials waving him into the weigh bridge following his qualifying stint in Bahrain.
Jean-Eric Vergne can count himself lucky to still be in Sunday's F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain, after he failed to follow officials' directions to go to the weigh bridge when he came onto pit lane after his qualifying run in Bahrain on Saturday.

Under F1 rules, the race stewards could have handed him a grid penalty or even excluded him from the race altogether for missing the instruction, given by a red light and a gesticulating official, which were both clearly picked up by on-board cameras transmitting over the FOM television feed at the time.

Instead, the Toro Rosso driver has been handed a simple reprimand but no grid penalty or exclusion by the stewards.

The check on cars returning from the track is to ensure that they stay within FIA weight regulations and to guard against any illegal or unintentional modifications during the race weekend.

The stewards were prepared to accept the Frenchman's contention that his non-compliance with the officials' directions in this case was unintentional.

"Upon realising the error, the team, under supervision of a scrutineer, brought the car back to the FIA garage," a statement from the FIA added.

Vergne will now keep his starting position of 19th place on the grid, after failing to progress from Q1 during the qualifying session.

"I do not understand why I was so slow this afternoon, especially as the car was going well this morning and as can be seen from Daniel [Ricciardo]'s impressive performance," he admitted. "I am keen to get back to the engineers to look at the data and find out why I could not deliver the performance I was hoping for,"




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press conference with:
Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
press conference with:
Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 and Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
Franz Tost (AUT), Scuderia Toro Rosso, Team Principal
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 and Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
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27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22 leads Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
27.07.2014- Race, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 leads Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9

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