SEBASTIAN VETTEL was fined greater than £4000 for driving a moped on the circuit after Friday’s observe session on the Australian Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel has fallen foul of the FIA (Picture: GETTY)
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Sebastian Vettel has described being fined by the FIA for driving a moped on the observe as a “joke” and questioned the place his cash will go. Vettel, 34, is competing in his first Grand Prix of the season in Australia after lacking the races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia as a consequence of testing constructive for Covid.
However he was barely capable of get again into the swing of issues when he suffered an engine downside in his Aston Martin automotive throughout FP1, with the four-time world champion having to climb out of his automotive and assist extinguish a small fireplace. In consequence, stewards crimson flagged the session with all drivers returning to the pit-lane.
Nonetheless, the German icon did not journey again within the security automotive, however to the delight of the group, as an alternative borrowed a marshal’s scooter. Along with his crash helmet not correctly fitted, he waved to the galleries as he made his means again alongside the observe at Albert Park.
FIA stewards weren’t amused although, and promptly introduced that Vettel can be investigated for his actions. And it was later confirmed that he can be fined €5000 [£4175] for his distinctive little journey.
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Sebastian Vettel driving a scooter on the Nurburgring in 2020 (Picture: GETTY)
When requested by Motorsport.com about his ideas on the punishment, Vettel was stern along with his reply. “Joke,” he replied, “What do you suppose?” And he additionally steered authorities ought to make clear the place the high-quality would go.
“It might be good to know what occurs to that cash. I believe we’re nonetheless not conscious what occurred to the $50,000 that Max or Lewis or considered one of them needed to pay for touching a rear wing.” It was Verstappen who was reprimanded after touching the wing of Hamilton’s automotive in Qatar.
Max Verstappen was fined by the FIA final yr for touching Lewis Hamilton’s rear wing (Picture: GETTY)
To compound issues for Vettel, he was additionally hit with an additional £500 high-quality after being clocked at 5km/h over the pit lane velocity restrict in qualifying. Along with his automotive needing a gearbox change forward of qualifying, he transgressed as he tried to get out on observe in time to place in a lap.
He did handle to finish one, which proved sufficient to get him into P18. Teammate Lance Stroll can be behind the grid although, after a crash with Williams driver Nicholas Latifi.