Max Verstappen has been handed a fine by the FIA for touching/examining cars in Parc Fermé post-qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Details:

  • Verstappen touched/examined his and Hamilton’s car post-qualifying in Parc Fermé, resulting in a fine of 50 thousand Euros.
  • The Stewards considered that insignificant force was applied to the wing of car number 44 when Verstappen examined it.

The situation:

  • “Verstappen exits the car, then moves to the rear of his car. He then takes his gloves off and puts his right hand at the slot-gap of the rear wing of his car. He then moves to car 44 and repeats the exercise, touching the rear wing in two places, once on either side of the DRS actuation device, but on the bottom rear side of the wing, in the are of the slot gap and never near the actuator or the end fixation points.”
  • “Clear, high definition video from the rear-facing roll-hoop camera on car 44 shows that there is absolutely no movement of any of the wing element on car 44 when Verstappen touches the back of the wing and the Stewards are satisfied, from watching all the videos, his body position, and the video of the wing, that there was insignificant force when Verstappen touched the wing.”

The decision:

  • “Considering the fact that no direct harm was caused in this case, in the opinion of the Stewards, and that no earlier precedent of penalties for this exists – on the one hand; but that it is a breach of the regulation and has potential for serious consequences on the other, the Stewards determine to take action in this case and order a fine of €50,000. The Stewards further note that it is intended that all teams and drivers take notice that future breaches may incur different penalties from the Stewards of those events.”

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