Bottas and Ocon escape US GP penalties

Date published: October 21 2018

Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon escape penalties

Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon escaped punished at the United States GP after being investigated for exceeding the maximum lap time in qualifying.

Both drivers made it into Q3 at the Circuit of the Americas on Saturday afternoon.

While Bottas qualified third, Ocon put his Force India up into sixth place.

However, both drivers faced a nervous wait after qualifying after being investigated for “driving unnecessarily slowly on an in-lap during qualifying.”

The stewards ruled that no further action was needed.

“Car 77 (and Car 31) exceeded the specified maximum time between Safety Car Lines on its post-qualifying in lap,” the stewards decision read.

“The stewards closely examined the driver’s in lap and found that Car 77 (and Car 31) did not drive unnecessarily slowly or in a manner to adversely affect any other driver.”

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