Mark Webber has escaped with a simple reprimand from the race stewards, after he spent much of Friday under investigation for failing to adhere to double waved yellow flags being shown at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
on Friday just before the end of the morning first Free Practice session for the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix.
The news that Webber was being investigated originally broke during the lunch-time intermission on practice in Montreal, but the stewards did not reach a decision at the time and instead reportedly asked for further telemetry and data from the #2 Red Bull
Racing car to make their decision.
The announcement that Webber had been reprimanded finally came just before 6pm local time in Canada, with the notice stating that "The driver did not make a significant reduction in speed while double waved yellow flags were displayed in Turn 3.
"Notwithstanding the driver's obvious knowledge of the track situation and his control of the car, the Stewards found no evidence of a significant reduction in speed that is required under Article 188.8.131.52 (b) of Appendix H of the International Sporting Code," the stewards concluded.
Williams F1's Valtteri Bottas was also cited for the same offence, and duly received a reprimand of his own.
It also emerged that the race stewards had been looking into an incident involving Jenson Button
in the second practice session on Friday afternoon, in which the McLaren-Mercedes #5 car appeared to illegally cut the blend line at pit entry.
That made it an alleged Breach of Appendix L, Chapter IV, Article 4(b) of the FIA International Sporting Code, but the stewards concluded that in Button's case there was a sufficient justification.
"The driver experienced a problem with gear selection that required him to avoid
approaching cars by crossing the white line," the official ruling stated. "The Stewards accepted these mitigating circumstances."
As a result, no further action was taken against Button or McLaren
over the incident and the matter is now closed.