Nico Hülkenberg has escaped sanction from the FIA Stewards after he narrowly avoided being rear-ended by Lewis Hamilton during Friday night’s second practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Renault driver was reported to the stewards for “alleged dangerous driving and impeding Car 44 in Turn 9” during the session after Hamilton took avoiding action and ran off the circuit after coming across the German while he was on a qualifying simulation.
Hamilton aborted his flying lap and complained to his Mercedes team over the pit-to-car radio. Hamilton ultimately finished the session fifth-fastest, less than three-tenths off the pace set by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, while Hülkenberg was sixth-fastest.
The FIA Stewards opted to summon both drivers for a hearing after the session where their testimony was reviewed, along with onboard video footage and telemetry from both cars.
The stewards panel, which included former F1 driver and Indianapolis 500 winner Danny Sullivan this weekend, opted to clear Hülkenberg of any wrongdoing.
“Hamilton was on a fast lap, Hülkenberg on a slow lap and was aware of the approaching car,” their report reads.
“Hülkenberg moved to left as he approached the corner but due to the differing lines taken by the drivers they arrived at the same point on the track.
“Taking the points made by the drivers into consideration and previous incidents of this type the stewards decided that no further action was necessary.”
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