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Gordon Stewart Getty NASCARDefending Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch won his second consecutive Brickyard 400 on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but he wasn't the most notable story of the afternoon.

Nor was he the second.

That status belonged to Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, presumptively making their final NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at the track that launched both of their respective careers. Neither legend factored into the finish, but both stole postrace festivities from Busch in every way possible.

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After taking the checkered flag, both drivers lined up on the frontstretch and took a celebratory victory lap around the 2.5-mile oval to say goodbye to the fans who arguably adored them more than any other. Stewart finished 11th and Gordon 13th, but both drivers agreed that they wanted to take one more lap.

It was Stewart's idea.

"It was cool," Stewart said of the lap. "I knew when we got the checkered we just didn't want to come in just yet. I wanted to run one more lap and Jeff was around us and before that last green run I told my spotter to go get his spotter and said after this thing is over, we need to go a lap around here together because most likely is the last time we'll both get a chance to do that.

"I couldn't think of a better guy to share that moment with than Jeff."

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Gordon thought he had run his final Brickyard 400 last July, but it didn't end the way anyone wanted: a crash and 42nd-place finish. The four-time champion was called out of retirement earlier this week to replace the concussed Dale Earnhardt Jr., and he felt relieved to finish this race on a much more positive note.

It meant even more that he could finish it with Stewart.

"Well, Tony and I have gone through a lot over the years," Gordon said, "But he and I have become really good friends. I was with him when he got hurt earlier this year. And to see what he's done and how tough he is as a competitor – I've always know what a great guy and what a great racecar driver he is – but now I know more about who Tony Stewart the man really is.

"I'm just so proud that I was able to be here and race with him in his final [Brickyard] race."

Gordon brought the prerace drivers meeting to a slight delay on Sunday morning, taking the stage and asking his fellow drivers to recognize and applause Stewart for his contributions to the sport. It was moments like that and after the race that Gordon says will ultimately stick with him.

But with that said, Gordon was especially pleased to finish 13th with a car that qualified 21st, with a driver that hadn't competed since November.

"I enjoyed the moments," Gordon said. "But when we were up in 12th and [crew chief Greg Ives] made an excellent call to come in a little early, we made that car much better. I was having fun at that point. This is a challenging, challenging racetrack. It's really hard to get all four corners right. So there were moments of fun all day. I didn't want to see those restarts. I'm horrible on restarts, so those didn't help us any, but I got a few back on that last one."

Stewart started second and spent much of the first half inside the top 10, but was hit with a speeding penalty on lap 121. This caused him to lose a lap, which put him back in the field and led to picking up damage in a multi-car crash with seven laps to go.

Despite the adversity and relative disappointment, Stewart said this was the most relaxing Brickyard 400 he has ever taken part in.

"This has been the most relaxing Brickyard I've ever had and the most fun I've had at a Brickyard," Stewart said. "It was fun to win this race twice, but it was stressful to do it. For some reason this weekend, Drew Brown and Eddie Jarvis and everybody with us just made my schedule as open as they could to let me enjoy it, and we did.

"We had a lot of fun this weekend from start to finish."

Jimmie at Indy LATIt was far from a flawless performance, but Jimmie Johnson finished third on Sunday in the Brickyard 400, snapping a three-race streak without a top-10 for himself and Hendrick Motorsports.

Johnson endured a fair amount of adversity from starting 13th, cracking the top five by lap 50, only to get caught speeding on pit road during the Lap 85 caution. He restarted seventh on the final green-white-checkered overtime and posted a podium in his return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The four-time champion had a much faster car over the course of the weekend than he was able to show during the race due to his error on pit road. He needed that restart to get back to the top five, and he capitalized.

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"For us it really worked to our benefit," Johnson said. "I think I restarted in seventh and ended up third when it was all said and done. I cleared [Kevin Harvick] pretty quick. I can't remember who was right to the right. I think [Denny Hamlin] got inside [Martin Truex Jr.] so that opened the door for me there, and we both got [Joey Logano] and I was able to get [Hamlin] coming to the checkered coming off of Turn 4."

Johnson was aided by tires that were 30 laps fresher than the leaders, but even with a good restart, knew he likely didn't have enough to catch eventual winner Kyle Busch.

"I knew I had a good racecar. I never really had a chance to see what [Busch] had. I just heard lap times and obviously knew he was very fast. But we're sitting there on newer tires compared to the leaders, and those restarts really worked in our favor, and I was able to get up to third there at the end."

The result ended a streak of three straight races in which Hendrick Motorsports did not place a single car inside the top 10 by the finish. The crash-filled trend began at Daytona and lasted through Kentucky and New Hampshire.

Unfortunately for HMS, there is still more work to be done as Johnson was the only Hendrick driver to finish in the top 10. Jeff Gordon was 13th in his first race substituting for the ailing Dale Earnhardt Jr., while Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne came home 15th and 18th, respectively.

Hendrick said "when it rains, it pours" on Friday when speaking about the teams' struggles combined with losing Dale Earnhardt Jr. to a concussion for the next several weeks. While he hopes to have faster cars for the remainder of the season, he didn't want to marginalize the bad luck his team has endured with the number of wrecks they were involved in over the past several weeks.

"So the encouraging news is that everybody just stepped up and is working harder," Hendrick said. "We're determined to work in every area from the engine to the chassis and aero and everything. And the teams are excited. It's kind of our 'refuse to lose' belief. But we didn't need this, for sure. We didn't need the wrecks we've gone through. Our place looks like a salvage yard where all of the cars have been tore up. But that just makes us dig harder.

"I think Junior, coming to the shop this week, was a big lift. Jeff being here is a big lift. Hopefully we'll turn the corner here pretty quick."

Kyle Busch wins Indianapolis NASCAR 2016

Kyle Busch dominated the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis to become the first driver to earn pole and win both the Xfinity and Cup races in a weekend.

In what was a relatively clean race until the closing stages, Busch set an event record by leading 149 of what became a 170-lap race once multiple attempts at overtime finishes were completed.

"This Toyota was awesome today," Busch said. "It was just so fast and able to get out front and stay out front. Not even some of my teammates could challenge. This was hooked up and on rails.

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"Adam Stevens (crew chief) and these guys are a phenomenal group, and I'm proud to be with them. It's fun to come out here and have such a dominant piece at Indy. They don't come along often, so I was just hoping I didn't screw it up."

Joe Gibbs Racing's strong form was emphasized as Busch's teammates Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin finished second and fourth, sandwiching Jimmie Johnson.

Four cautions in the closing laps of the race gave polesitter and 2015 winner Busch a lot to think about, and at one point a seven-car wreck after a clumsy restart from Carl Edwards triggered a red flag.

"It felt like I just got tight down there," Edwards said. "I had a little trouble there on the starts, and I got down there, we were fighting really hard for the bottom, and it felt like I got tight with whoever was on the outside of me.

"If indeed that is what happened, I apologize. That's pretty frustrating. ... It felt like I got in there and just scrubbed that right front."

Drivers then needed three attempts to make it to the overtime line as incidents continued, raising concerns about fuel economy.

But spotters stressed the importance of conservation under yellow and the front-runners all had just enough in the tank, with Busch showing his mastery of restarts every time to put the result beyond doubt.

Busch was honored to be the first in the sport to sweep a weekend after starting from both poles.

"It's so cool because it hasn't been done before," he said. "I've tried and been successful at being able to do a lot of things that others haven't been able to do before. I guess I give myself more chances than others because I run more of those [XFINITY] races.

"It helps you, and when it helps you win on Sunday, that's what makes everything so worthwhile on those Saturday races. The guys on Saturday do a good job, too, helping prepare me and being able to do this stuff on Sunday."

Hendrick Motorsports returned to the top 10 after a three-race drought with Johnson's third place, earned by capitalizing on the messy restarts, also giving the team its 1000th top-five finish in NASCAR.

The team's returning hero Jeff Gordon finished 13th in the unwell Dale Earnhardt Jr's car and then after the checkered flag joined fellow retiring legend Tony Stewart for one last lap of Indianapolis in a stock car.

RESULTS

PosDriverTeamCarLaps
1 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 170
2 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 170
3 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 170
4 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 170
5 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 170
6 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 170
7 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 170
8 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 170
9 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 170
10 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 170
11 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 170
12 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 170
13 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 170
14 Chris Buescher Front Row Motorsports Ford 170
15 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 170
16 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 170
17 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 170
18 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 170
19 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 170
20 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 169
21 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 169
22 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 169
23 Michael McDowell Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 168
24 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 168
25 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 168
26 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 168
27 Brian Scott Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 168
28 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 167
29 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 167
30 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 167
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 166
32 Ryan Ellis BK Racing Toyota 166
33 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 165
34 Patrick Carpentier Go FAS Racing Ford 164
35 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 154
36 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 152
37 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 117
38 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 71
39 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 53
40 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 4

Originally on Autosport.com / Quotes courtesy NASCAR Wire Service

tony georgeIt was revealed Sunday that Tony George replaced his mother, Mari Hulman-George, as chairman of the board of Hulman & Company, which owns and operates the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar series, but the founder of the Indy Racing League is not back in charge of open wheel racing.

George was officially named chairman in March.

George's new title was revealed when he was introduced to give the command to start engines at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400, and it was confirmed to RACER.com by Mark Miles.

tgeorge inline"The board decided it was time to transition the chairmanship from Mari to Tony and Mari is now chairman emeritus," said Miles, the president and CEO of Hulman & Company and president of the IndyCar Series. "This has no effect on management, policies or strategies. The board has worked hard the past two years to have a clear strategy and that isn't changing."

Hulman-George (pictured with Tony George at the public Indy 500 drivers' meeting in 2015), the only child of IMS savior Tony Hulman, has been in failing health for several months. George, her 56-year-old son, had been the president of IMS from 1990-2004 and president of Hulman & Company and IndyCar CEO until being forced out of power in 2009 by his sisters.

The lone grandson of Tony Hulman, George resigned from the Hulman & Company board in 2009 but returned in March 2013. He serves as a director along with sisters Josie George, Nancy George and Kathy George-Conforti and their mother. Jack Snyder, Andre Lacy, Mitch Daniels, John Akerman, Jim Morris, Mike Smith and Miles are also on the board.

 H7I4972Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has dismissed suggestions Lewis Hamilton deliberately attempted to back up teammate Nico Rosberg towards Formula 1 rival Daniel Ricciardo during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

At last year's Chinese GP, Rosberg felt Hamilton hampered his race chances by unnecessarily backing him up into Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

At the Hungaroring, Hamilton again controlled the pace at the front, to such an extent he was warned over the radio to pick up his pace otherwise Rosberg would pit first at the second stop to ward off the challenge from Ricciardo.

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Despite arguing he was driving to the best of his ability, Hamilton soon found pace, allowing Rosberg to also push and ensuring the duo finished 1-2.

Wolff said: "I don't think he was backing him up at all. I'm sure he didn't want to back him up. The whole weekend we discussed with them the need to be very cautious on the tires. When you hear the constant messaging 'the tires might not last,' you want to manage them.

"They managed them very well in the first stint on the super-softs, and then we bolted on the softs and we didn't have any experience on those tires.

"He [Hamilton] over-managed it probably. He had everything under control, he knew Nico was behind and didn't realize the train was approaching fast. There was a different strategy behind him, so I guess he didn't have the complete picture. For him it looked OK, that's why he just took it easy.

"He was really cautious in looking after the tires, and this is what he said."

Hamilton said his actions were not meant to hamper Rosberg.

"If I'd pushed harder at the beginning then maybe I wouldn't have got to the end the way I needed," he said. "I was turning my engine up and down, managing it as much as I needed to. I wasn't backing Nico up. He was quick enough to close the gap if he really wanted to and challenge, but shortly after that [the radio message] I was able to pick up pace and still really go for it."

Rosberg felt Hamilton did drive "over-cautiously," but did not go as far as what unfolded in China.

"I was just fully focused forwards," said Rosberg. "I'm happy the pace was slow because I was trying to put the pressure on him and trying to get some mistakes going from him. I did everything I could to force the mistakes, but there was not enough to get by."

Originally on Autosport.com

Nurburgring WEC 2016

Reigning World Endurance champions Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley notched up their first victory of the 2016 season at the Nurburgring.

Their Porsche 919 Hybrid crossed the line with Bernhard at the wheel nearly a minute clear of the best of the Audi R18 e-tron quattros shared by Oliver Jarvis, Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval in second place.

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The latest high-downforce versions of the respective LMP1 challengers from Porsche and Audi looked equally matched early in the race.

Both Audis took turns in the lead during the opening hours, but Porsche began to take a grip on the race from shortly before half distance.

The second 919 shared by championship leaders Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas held a narrow lead over its sister car until early in the fifth hour when Lieb tangled with a backmarker. Time was lost changing the nose, but Jani was back in the lead with an hour and half to go before having to take a drivethrough for avoidable contact. That put him behind Duval, who held him up sufficiently for Lotterer to catch and then pass the Porsche at the second attempt.

Jani sustained rear-end damage when he was tagged by a slower car as Lotterer made his first passing bid, which resulted in an unscheduled stop to replace bodywork.

Lotterer, who shared the #7 Audi with only Marcel Fassler in the absence of the injured Benoit Treluyer, finished on the tail of his teammate in third.

Jani crossed the line in fourth, still well clear of the two Toyotas in fifth and sixth positions.

The Signatech Alpine squad made it a hat-trick of LMP2 wins following its victories at the Spa round in May and last month's Le Mans 24 Hours. Nicolas Lapierre, Stephane Richelmi and Gustavo Menezes triumphed by 16s aboard their Alpine-badged ORECA-Nissan 05.

Second place went to the RGR Sport Ligier-Nissan JSP2 shared by Filipe Albuquerque, Bruno Senna and Ricardo Gonzalez.

The pole-winning G-Drive ORECA led for most of the opening couple of hours in the hands of Rene Rast and then Alex Brundle before transmission problems put it out of the race in hour three.

Ferrari finished one-two in GTE Pro, Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado's AF Corse-run 488 GTE leading home the sister car of Sam Bird and Davide Rigon by half a minute.

Aston Martin led the class for much of the race with the Vantage GTE shared by Nicki Thiim and Marcos Sorensen.

The Danish trio looked on course for second before losing time when they made their final pitstop under green-flag conditions rather than the full course yellows of their rivals.

Thiim dropped to fourth, but moved back into the podium positions when the third-placed Ganassi Ford GT of Stefan Mucke and Olivier Pla had to take a drivethrough penalty for a pitstop infringement.

Aston won GTE Am with the Vantage shared by Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul Dalla Lana.

RESULTS - 194 LAPS:

PosClassDriverTeamCarGap
1 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 6h01m16.183s
2 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 53.787s
3 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 54.483s
4 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1m37.324s
5 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1 Lap
6 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, M.Conway, K.Kobayashi Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 4 Laps
7 LMP1 M.Tuscher, D.Kraihamer, A.Imperatori Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 16 Laps
8 LMP2 G.Menezes, N.Lapierre, S.Richelmi Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 16 Laps
9 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, B.Senna, F.Albuquerque RGR Sport by Morand Ligier/Nissan 16 Laps
10 LMP2 R.Dalziel, L.Derani, C.Cumming Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 18 Laps
11 LMP2 N.Leventis, L.Williamson, J.Kane Strakka Racing Gibson/Nissan 18 Laps
12 LMP2 T.Graves, A.Pizzonia, M.Howson Manor ORECA/Nissan 18 Laps
13 LMP2 V.Petrov, V.Shaytar, K.Ladygin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 19 Laps
14 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, N.Panciatici Baxi DC Racing Alpine Alpine/Nissan 19 Laps
15 LMP2 N.Minassian, M.Mediani SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 19 Laps
16 LMP2 S.Sharp, E.Brown, J.van Overbeek Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 22 Laps
17 LMP1 N.Prost, N.Heidfeld, M.Beche Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 23 Laps
18 GTE Pro G.Bruni, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 24 Laps
19 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 24 Laps
20 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 24 Laps
21 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 25 Laps
22 GTE Pro R.Stanaway, D.Turner Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 25 Laps
23 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 25 Laps
24 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 28 Laps
25 GTE Am C.Ried, W.Henzler, J.Camathias KCMG Porsche 28 Laps
26 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 28 Laps
27 GTE Am Y.Yamagishi, P.Ragues, P.Ruberti Larbre Competition Chevrolet 29 Laps
28 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, D.Hansson, P.Long Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 30 Laps
29 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Carroll, B.Barker Gulf Racing UK Porsche 30 Laps
30 GTE Pro M.Franchitti, A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 39 Laps
- LMP2 M.Rao, R.Bradley, R.Merhi Manor ORECA/Nissan Retirement
- LMP1 S.Trummer, O.Webb, P.Kaffer ByKOLLES Racing Team CLM/AER Retirement
- LMP2 R.Rusinov, R.Rast, A.Brundle G-Drive Racing ORECA/Nissan Retirement

 

Originally on Autosport.com

Esteban Gutierrez

Esteban Gutierrez has accused Lewis Hamilton of being "disrespectful" after receiving an abusive hand gesture from the Formula 1 world champion during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

While Hamilton was leading the Hungaroring race with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg closing, the Briton was held up at one stage by Haas driver Gutierrez.

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As Hamilton finally passed Gutierrez at the top of the main straight he delivered what appeared to be a middle-finger salute to underline his unhappiness at being held up.

Informed of Hamilton's action, Gutierrez said: "Not a very respectful move from him I have to say. I have spoken to him in the past. I think he is respectful, he is the world champion, but he shouldn't do these kinds of things.

"He should respect all of the competitors. You never know, maybe in the future I will be fighting for a championship with him, so he has to respect that."

Gutierrez later tweeted his disappointment, adding: "Being a world champion doesn't give you the right to be disrespectful to your competitors, my friend."

Gutierrez received a five-second time penalty for ignoring blue flags, to which he responded: "I didn't ignore them! I simply had two aeroplanes coming from behind, coming very quickly! Of course, I was focused on my race, they came very quickly and I was trying to find the safest place to let them by.

"I've no comment on the penalty. As I say, I was aware of the blue flags, but I was really looking for the safest place to let them by."

Hamilton argued his gesture was not a rude one and he was just waving his hand in frustration.

"I lost so much time behind him, and at the same time Nico was catching me, which was really, really tough," he said. "I may have wanted to do that [middle finger], but I didn't."

Haas team principal Gunther Steiner felt Hamilton's gesture influenced the stewards and played a part in the penalty.

"I don't know what he was annoyed about because he didn't keep him back that long," said Steiner. "Esteban got penalized five seconds, and that was because the gesture was done because he was holding him up. The five-second penalty didn't change Esteban's result, and the hold up didn't change anything with Lewis' result, so it [the penalty] wasn't needed.

"We will check the data and do a proper evaluation to see how long other people were ignoring blue flags. Maybe somebody else ignored blue flags longer, but because Lewis Hamilton didn't give them a gesture maybe that guy wasn't penalized.

"It's difficult for the stewards because it's a judgement call, not only numbers."

Originally on Autosport.com

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying 2016

Lewis Hamilton believes the Formula 1 stewards' failure to penalize Nico Rosberg after Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying sends a worrying message about yellow flag abuse to drivers in junior categories.

Rosberg kept his Hungaroring pole by demonstrating to the officials he had lifted adequately under the double waved yellows for Fernando Alonso's spin at the end of Q3.

Hamilton encountered the McLaren as the incident happened so had to back right off, costing him pole.

After beating Rosberg to race victory, Hamilton said he was still concerned about the implications of his Mercedes teammate going unpunished.

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"If it is double yellow flag, you have to be prepared to stop," he said. "Nico was doing the same speed at the apex as I was doing on the previous lap, so if there happened to be a car that was slowing or a marshal on the track, it would have been pretty hard for him to slow down.

"The fact he didn't get penalized means we have to be careful because the message we are sending to drivers here, but also to the drivers in the lower categories, is it's now possible for you to lose only one tenth of a second in the double waved yellow flag section, which is one of the most dangerous scenarios.

"Before it was two tenths you're supposed to lose with one yellow flag and half a second with two yellow flags. Going into the next race, we could be battling for pole position and we see double yellow flags and we know we only have to do a small lift, only lose one tenth of a second and we'll be fine, and go purple in the sector."

Rosberg argued he had done enough to safely acknowledge the yellows.

"What you have to do with double yellow is significantly reduce your speed," he said.

"I went 20km/h (12mph) slower into that corner, 20km/h is a different world in an F1 car – you're going proper slow. Everything is safe. I lifted off 30 meters (about 100 feet) before my braking point, I was just rolling there 20km/h slower until I got to the apex. I had a much tighter line as I went in slow so I could accelerate out again.

"It was a pretty clear case for the stewards and that's why I didn't get any penalty."

He added that the fact the track was drying throughout qualifying made comparisons with previous laps "irrelevant."

"You're going to get massively quicker every lap," Rosberg said. "It's not like a track that is consistent."

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo said the argument raised an issue drivers "have been wanting to discuss further for a long time."

He added: "On a single yellow, people are getting away with a micro lift and show stewards they slowed down when they didn't really. A double yellow is something significant. The double yellow needs to be very different to a single yellow. I guess that's what we're not too pleased with at the moment."

Originally on Autosport.com

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