Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo are under investigation for alleged infringements when the red flag was shown during the first practice session.
Both drivers are accused of overtaking other drivers after the red flag came out: Rosberg for passing Daniil Kvyat, Ricciardo for overtaking Fernando Alonso.
The stewards also wish to know why Ricciardo did “not immediately slow” when the red flag was shown after Felipe Massa’s crash during first practice.
One of the most recent drivers to be penalised for overtaking under a red flag was Charles Pic during the final practice session at the Singapore Grand Prix in 2012. He had 20 seconds added to his race time and was ordered to participate in an FIA road safety programme. The severity of Pic’s penalty was partly due to the fact he had passed four red lights before overtaking.
Jenson Button was also found to have overtaken under red flags during a practice session at the Circuit of the Americas last year. He was given a three-place grid penalty.
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