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Daniel Ricciardo

Stewards issue verdict over Ricciardo practice incident

McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo was summoned to the stewards after final practice in Miami over a practice start violation.

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Daniel Ricciardo has escaped with a reprimand after an incident at the end of Saturday's final practice session for the Miami Grand Prix.

Ricciardo was summoned to the stewards for allegedly not following point 11.2 of the Race Director's Event Notes relating to practice starts.

"All drivers carrying out a practice start must do so by pulling as far forward on the grid as possible and, if necessary, should wait for others to carry out a start before getting to a grid position further forward," read the relevant section of Niels Wittich's notes.

"Under no circumstances should a driver make a practice start if another car is still stationary in front of him on the same side of the grid."

The stewards hand down their verdict on Ricciardo

After investigating, the stewards determined that Ricciardo was guilty and had breached Article 12.2.1.i) of the FIA International Sporting Code (failure to follow the instructions of the relevant officials for the safe and orderly conduct of the event).

"It was clear that the driver performed a practice start in a manner contrary to the Race Director's Event Notes," read the stewards' verdict.

Ricciardo was handed a reprimand (driving), but as it is his first of the season, he does not face a penalty.

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