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Webber escapes grid penalty, handed reprimand
22 September 2012
Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber has been cleared by the stewards after it was alleged he impeded Timo Glock during the opening qualifying session for Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix, although he still picked up a reprimand for a separate incident.
The Aussie was exiting the pits in Q1 when it was deemed he might have held up Glock, something that could have landed the Aussie with a five-place grid penalty. However, after considering the matter, the stewards ruled that there was no case to answer.
The statement from the stewards read: “On the lap of the alleged impeding Timo Glock braked at T1 earlier than his previous best lap in that session. By the apex he was 0.105 seconds slower. At the apex of T3 where the alleged impeding occurred (where Webber was in front of Glock) Glock was 0.090 seconds slower than his previous best. Glock overtook Webber at the exit to T3 on the racing line, braking into T5 earlier than his previous best lap and was now 0.198 seconds slower. At the end of Sector 1 (i.e. after T6) Glock's delta time over his previous best was 0.380 seconds slower. Accordingly from the telemetry it is concluded there was no time lost whilst behind Webber - the time loss was before and after the alleged impeding. Therefore no impeding occurred.”
The stewards also added that 'Webber had no vision of Glock on exiting the pit lane', and 'a review of the GPS system showed Red Bull Racing did not have information that would have enabled them to warn Webber of Glock's approach'.
Meanwhile, Webber did get a reprimand, however, for twice leaving the track on his in-lap at the end of Q3 - a breach of Article 20.2 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations.
“The driver could offer no justifiable reason for deliberately leaving the track,” the stewards added.
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