Formula E Drivers Have Been Getting In Trouble For Their Underwear Again

Formula E Drivers Have Been Getting In Trouble For Their Underwear Again

Two more Formula E drivers have been given fines for wearing the wrong type of underwear during a Formula E session

Earlier this year, Lucas di Grassi was slapped with a €10,000 fine and three penalty points on his license because he didn’t want to wear wet underpants. The whole thing was a little nuts and, as is usually the way with strange things in motorsport, it looked set to be a one-off.

But during the New York ePrix, two more drivers were found to have slipped into the wrong pair of skivvies and were punished accordingly. Newly-crowned champ Jean-Eric Vergne and his Techeetah teammate Andre Lotterer were “wearing non-compliant underwear pants which are not allowed by the international sporting code”.

(c) Formula E/LAT
(c) Formula E/LAT

Unlike di Grassi, the Techeetah drivers’ wardrobe malfunctions only happened briefly during qualifying and they’ve got off slightly lighter as a result - both have a €5000 penalty and two points added to their licenses.

What is it with Formula E and underwear, though? Is there some kind of prankster going around the paddock, switching up and sabotaging pants to get drivers fined? Or maybe Formula E being hit hardest by a motorsport-wide shortage of underwear we’ve yet to hear about? The plot thickens…