Bahrain Grand Prix – Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg & Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi were summoned before race stewards at Sakhir over a collision in first practice.
Update: The stewards have taken no action against either driver, judging Nico Hulkenberg to have made a misjudgement and Antonio Giovinazzi to have been presumptuous in the circumstances leading to their collision.
The two drivers were on their cooldown laps at the end of the first practice session at Sakhir International Circuit when an apparent misunderstanding led them to collide. Hulkenberg slowed approaching Turn 5 to allow the Alfa of Kimi Raikkonen through. With Raikkonen’s teammate Giovinazzi close behind, the Italian driver attempted to follow the Finn through and dived up the inside of the Renault through the second part of the esses.
The two made reasonably heavy contact, leading Hulkenberg to shout expletives over team radio as he returned to the pits. Both were able to get back and the damage is presumably fixable before the afternoon session later on Friday.
However, the stewards have taken an interest in the matter and have summoned both drivers before them for 4.15pm local time. They are investigating the drivers for a breach of the regulations which state “Causing a collision, repetition of serious mistakes or the appearance of a lack of control over the car (such as leaving the track) will be reported to the Stewards and may entail the imposition of penalties up to and including the exclusion of any driver concerned.”