Vergne reprimanded for missing weighbridge

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21 April 2012 by Ryan Wood

Jean-Eric Vergne has avoided a grid penalty or even exclusion after he failed to stop at the scrutineering weighbridge during qualifying for the Bahrain GP.

Vergne entered the pits during Q1 and was signalled to stop in the FIA scrutineering bay to weighed, but he continued down the pitlane until he reached his garage.

However, after meeting with the stewards and explaining why he failed to stop, the FIA handed the Frenchman a reprimand rather than a grid penalty or exlusion from the race as per the regulations.

The FIA explained that "upon realising the error, the team, under supervision of a scrutineer, brought the car back to the FIA garage."