Vettel on a moped
Sebastian Vettel has been fined €5,000 for taking a scooter around the Albert Park circuit at the end of FP1.
The German was forced to stop on track towards the end of the opening session in Melbourne, but at the end of FP1 Vettel took a scooter from one of the nearby marshals to return to the pits.
Vettel’s actions contravened Article 26.7 of the FIA Sporting Regulations which prohibit “anyone from being on the track within five minutes of the end of a session, except specifically identified personnel, which does not provide for pilots to have such access”. unless expressly authorized. »
The wearing of jewelry by drivers on the track has been banned since 2005, but until this year it has not been strictly enforced.
Ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, new race director Niels Wittich made it clear from the start that wearing jewelry – including neck chains, bracelets and piercings – would be considered a breach of the rules and could have repercussions.
This had a direct impact on Lewis Hamilton, who has worn a nose stud for most of his F1 career, while several drivers wear watches.
Despite some resistance from the drivers and a grace period for Hamilton to remove his nose stud, all the drivers followed the rules and so no penalty was given.
During the same weekend in Melbourne, Wittich warned drivers that the FIA would become stricter on controlling the type of underwear worn during races for safety reasons.
The crackdown came after growing concerns that drivers’ underwear did not meet safety standards, particularly if they are not flame retardant.
Appendix L of the FIA International Sporting Code stipulates that drivers must wear gloves, long underwear, a balaclava, socks and footwear homologated to FIA safety standards.
Storming out of the pilots briefing
Vettel was once again at the end of one of F1’s weirdest penalties after storming the drivers’ briefing on Friday at the Red Bull Ring.
The four-time champion walked out of the drivers’ briefing “without permission” and “expressed his frustration at the meeting”.
It is understood that Vettel decided to leave the meeting after becoming frustrated with talks over standards of conduct.
The Aston Martin driver was fined €25,000 suspended.
The physios are getting too close
Also at the recent Austrian GP, the three podium finishers – Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton – received suspended €10,000 fines.
This was because their physios were interacting with them in parc fermé before they were weighed in.
The physios “must wait outside the recovery room behind the podium until the end of the podium ceremony”.
Zhou’s strange double penalty
Chinese rookie Zhou Guanyu picked up an unusual double penalty at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Zhou received a five-second penalty from the stewards for passing Alex Albon off the track on the first lap in Jeddah.
As he was about to serve the penalty in the pit lane, the jack operator (the person responsible for lifting and lowering the car during a pit stop) touched the car.
Zhou was supposed to serve the sentence before Alfa Romeo could operate on his car.
The infringement resulted in a passing penalty, in addition to the time he lost in the pit lane.
Alonso’s tactical corner kick
Fernando Alonso is a cunning old fox and he showed it at the first Miami Grand Prix.
Ahead of Haas driver Mick Schumacher, Alonso cut through the chicane at Turn 15.
In doing so, he was able to knock Schumacher out of the one-second DRS window.
Although he took off afterwards, Alonso took a five-second penalty, knocking him out of the points.
“We think it was very unfair and it was just incompetence from the stewards,” Alonso said. “They weren’t very professional, I think, in Miami.”
Aston Martin’s Fuel
Both Lance Stroll and Vettel were forced out of pit lane in Miami following a procedural error by Aston Martin before the race.
The technical regulations stipulate that there is a minimum temperature for the start of the race.
This must be within 10°C of ambient temperature, as cooler fuel has a power advantage.