Jenson Button has been handed a three-place grid penalty by the United States Grand Prix stewards after being found guilty of overtaking under red flag conditions in Friday’s opening practice session.
The McLaren driver was found to have overtaken another car shortly after the delayed opening practice session was suspended fifteen minutes in to its already-reduced one-hour time limit – courtesy of the circuit’s medical helicopter developing a mechanical fault.
The stewards reviewed the onboard footage, and deemed that Button had breached Appendix H, Article 188.8.131.52 (b) (3) of the Formula 1 sporting regulations, whereupon he was hit with the standard three-place grid penalty for such an offence.
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