Daniel Ricciardo has been called to court after an alleged violation of the rules during an accident at the Miami Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo was summoned to an investigation by stewards into a possible violation of the rules during a crazy opening day at the Miami Grand Prix.
The Australian was involved in an accident during the free practice session where fans accused him of driving rising brake test star Mick Schumacher at turns 16 and 17.
FIA stewards announced shortly after that the accident was under investigation.
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FIA officials announced at the end of the session: “The driver and team representative are required to report to the stewards at 16.30 (local time) in connection with the incident below.
“No. 3 driver Daniel Ricciardo – accident between cars 3 and 7 at turns 16 and 17 at 2.37pm. Alleged violation of article 33.4 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations”.
The slow driving rule.
The rule states: “At no time can a car be unnecessarily driven slowly, irregularly or in a way that could be considered potentially dangerous to other drivers or any other person.”
Schumacher appeared baffled by Ricciardo’s behavior and was heard on his team’s radio saying, “What’s going on?”.
Ricciardo finished the chaotic session in 10th place in the times table.
World championship leader Charles Leclerc was fastest for Ferrari after producing a late flying lap.
The 24-year-old Monegasque set the best lap in one minute and 31,098 on soft tires, beating closest rival George Russell, in an updated Mercedes, by just 0.071 seconds. World champion Max Verstappen is third with Red Bull.
Seven-time champion of Russell’s teammate Lewis Hamilton was eighth after getting a late exemption for holding on to his nose button, following an unbridled crackdown by the sport.
Mercedes introduced a major package of aerodynamic upgrades and was rewarded with a revival on the track.
Sergio Perez was fourth on the second Red Bull, ahead of Pierre Gasly on Alpha Tauri, Carlos Sainz on the second Ferrari and Alex Albon on Williams.
Behind Hamilton in eighth place were Kevin Magnussen, ninth for Haas, and Ricciardo.
The session on the ruthless city circuit was characterized by a scary moment Valtteri Bottas.
Bottas crashed into the barriers at Turn 7, causing a first red flag.
Carlos Sainz also spun at high speed, but narrowly avoided contact with the barriers.
Ricciardo earlier this weekend went wild at the sporting event some really questionable outfits when McLaren teamed up with nighttime talk show James Corden throughout the day of the inauguration.
His future was also a big topic of discussion McLaren boss Zak Brown made no commitment to keep Ricciardo with the team beyond his contract, which will run until the end of 2023.
Speculations are increasing Ricciardo’s days on the starting grid are numbered, his performances come under the microscope and McLaren looks to the future.
Rumors have multiplied that he could find himself usurped at McLaren even before his contract expires in late 2023, with the spotlight on American IndyCar prodigy Colton Herta as a potential replacement.
The 22-year-old is a development driver at McLaren and, as part of his deal, Herta will test the MCL35M this year.
– with AFP
Originally published as Daniel Ricciardo under investigation for accident at the Miami Grand Prix