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No further action following Raikkonen move

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11/11/2016

Stewards at Interlagos have opted not to take any further action following the incident in FP2.

In what appeared to be a shocking move during today's second practice session, Kimi Raikkonen seemed to chop across the front of Carlos Sainz' car as the two headed up the hill.

While the Spaniard continued, the Finn overtook the Toro Rosso and then moved across the track in front of it subsequently diving into the pits.

An earlier incident, not caught by the cameras - and not the fault of Fernando Alonso - suggested the move might have been pay back.

However, having spoken to both drivers and viewed video evidence the stewards have opted to take no further action.

"Having reviewed the video footage, telemetry, radio broadcasts by the teams and having spoken to the teams and drivers involved, the Stewards determined that no further action was necessary," they said in a statement. "On the lap concerned both drivers had aborted their lap at about Turn 9. Following the abort, both drivers agreed that they were setting up for what they were doing next, not quite understanding what the other was doing.

"On the uphill prior to the pit entry, Sainz's car was initially at a similar speed to Raikkonen, then having entered harvesting mode, did not accelerate at the same rate as Raikkonen.

"Raikkonen then had to go around Sainz to enter the pits, and because of his greater speed he was able to do so safely. He did enter the pit lane prior to the beginning of the white pit entry line.

"Both drivers agreed that they did not have to take any avoiding action. The Stewards are satisfied that neither driver drove unnecessarily slowly, erratically or potentially dangerously."

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