Nasser Al-Attiyah has been given a fine and a suspended disqualification at the 2022 Dakar Rally after a breach of sporting regulations.
The cars category leader got into a tricky situation after stage 2. Al-Attiyah came to the bivouac with an FIA black box, the device that was used to collect data from the vehicle, not connected to his car.
It was not allowed by the rules and the incident was investigated by the stewards after Toyota’s report to the FIA technical delegate. As a result, the Qatari driver was given a €5,000 fine that he would have to pay in 48 hours. More than that, he got a suspended disqualification from the event. It meant that another violation of that kind would result in a real disqualification for Al-Attiyah.
Toyota confirmed that they were responsible for the incident.
“It was a simple mistake by our mechanics. They just forgot to connect the data logger to the battery. We disconnect the data logger every night from the battery for safety reasons. I will personally check all next days that the data logger is properly connected,” the team representative Jean-Marc Fortin said.