Adrian Sutil has been reprimanded by the Chinese Grand Prix race stewards for registering a personal-best sector time during the opening practice session of the Chinese Grand Prix.

Oh dear, Adrian! Not a good start to your weekend!

FP1 - Adrian Sutil

While yellow flags were being waved as marshals were clearing Fernando Alonso’s stricken Ferrari from the circuit sidelines, Sutil recorded his fastest time.

Sutil was summoned to the stewards – of whom Alexander Wurz is a member this weekend – after the session for an explanation. It was determined, upon the review of telemetry data, that Adrian had breached the regulations by now slowing sufficiently, and he was formally reprimanded.

Sutil’s compatriot Michael Schumacher was similarly investigated for the same offence, but after the stewards met with Mercedes GP Team Manager Ron Meadows, it was determined that the German ace had taken the necessary precautions and was not in breach of the regulations.

[Original image via AUTOSPORT]

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