The four drivers summoned by the stewards for a pre-race procedure infringement were released with a reprimand.
Lance Stroll, Carlos Sainz, and Sebastian Vettel were summoned by the stewards after the Hungarian Grand Prix for not taking off their “we race as one” tee-shirts during the Hungarian national anthem. Esteban Ocon was also summoned for failing to park his car in the right position following his post-race celebration.
“Race Director’s Note for the post-race procedure (Doc. 38) requires drivers who finish the race in the top three positions to return to pit lane and stop at the boards showing their positions located in front of the Race Control tower. OCO, who finished in 1st place, failed to do so and parked his car on the track near the end of the pit lane,” an FIA statement said regarding Ocon.
All three drivers summoned for not taking off tee shirts during the national anthem explained that they forgot to take the clothing off and were released with a simple reprimand.
“The driver explained that he forgot to take off the WRAO t-shirt in time during the national anthem because of the onset of rain,” the official FIA release said for all the three drivers incriminated.
Ocon was also given a reprimand after apologizing to the stewards.
“During the hearing, OCO explained that he missed the pit entry and figured that the best place to stop would be close to the pit exit. He apologized and confirmed to be more careful next time. The Stewards do not assess this as a breach of parc ferme regulations. OCO did not follow the RD’s instructions however and therefore a penalty as stated above is appropriate,” the FIA release said.
Vettel and Ocon will therefore be able to enjoy their trophies with a clear head as their reprimands will have no impact on their finishing positions.