Leclerc, Verstappen and Hamilton Have Been Fined By The FIA After Austrian GP – WTF1

Leclerc, Verstappen and Hamilton Have Been Fined By The FIA After Austrian GP

The top three podium finishers of the Austrian GP have been given suspended fines after they were found guilty of a having “Driver Assistants in Parc Ferme”. 

Race winner Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were all found to have broken Article 12.2.1. of the FIA Sporting Code and have been fined €10,000 each.

The decision document stated that: “The Stewards received a report from the Media Delegate, which was subsequently confirmed by video evidence, that the physio/drivers’ assistants of the top three finishers entered Parc Ferme without permission and in violation of the procedure that was published prior to the race “for the orderly conduct of the event.”

“In part this is to prevent handing over of items to the drivers prior to them being weighed.

“[Each] Competitor is fined €10,000, which will be suspended for the remainder of the season pending any further violation of the procedure, and the competitors are warned that the passes of the individuals concerned may be revoked in case of systemic violation.”

Well, at least they can keep their race results! 

8 thoughts on “Leclerc, Verstappen and Hamilton Have Been Fined By The FIA After Austrian GP

  • Илюхер says:

    I don’t get it: after every race it is shown how podium finishers run to hug their mechanics, give their helmets, HANSes and gloves to physiotherapist, maybe drink some water and take flags, and very often that happens before the weighing.
    I always asked myself why no one speaks against that despite obvious regulations conflict, and suddenly in Austria someone noticed all of that. Why wasn’t that a concern before? Rules haven’t changed.

    • Clearly something happened in that drivers meeting where Seb walked out. Sounds like they all pissed off the FIA and so the FIA upped the ante.

      The warnings and track limit penalties were off the charts and now this. They have all been asking for consistency and for rules to be followed. Careful what you wish for because you just might get it.

  • ฬ๏ยtєг says:

    Well the rule is there to prevent cheating with the minimum weight, so it makes sense. Next time they should have the scales outside like everywhere else, so they can weigh immediately after getting out of the car, rather than after the interviews in the cooldown room.

    • Exactly. If they are worried about the weight then why aren’t they stepping on a scale first thing out of the car?

      I think this is another “nose ring fiasco.”
      They are pushing the drivers and teams to follow all the rules closely. Each one was written with purpose and for anyone to say any of the rules are dumb is one dimensional. How they implement those rules may be questionable.

      As for the teams, why they aren’t combing the rule book and calling out their own employees when they break one is beyond me. Their entire way of life is written out for them. Each team member should have the regs memorized and be following them closely and calling out their competitors when they see infractions

  • trickytree1984 says:

    Can’t wait for the haters to try blame Hamilton somehow even though Max did the same.

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