Wurz queries where cash from driver fines ends up

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Wurz queries where cash from driver fines ends up

Grand Prix Drivers’ Affiliation chairman Alex Wurz has joined Sebastian Vettel in querying what occurs to the cash paid by F1 racers in fines.

Vettel was hit within the pocket twice on the Australian Grand Prix, his first race weekend of the season having needed to miss Bahrain and Saudi Arabia after contracting Covid.

The four-time former World Champion was initially fined 5,000 euros by the FIA for using a scooter again to the pits alongside the monitor after his Aston Martin had damaged down in FP1, at a time when no personnel ought to have been on the Albert Park circuit.

The next day, the German needed to fork out one other 600 euros when discovered to have been rushing within the pit lane throughout qualifying, taking his whole quantity of fines for the weekend to five,600 euros (£4,631).

The 34-year-old described the scooter advantageous as a “joke” and likewise made reference to the 50,000 euros Max Verstappen had been pressured to cough up for touching the rear wing of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes in parc ferme finally 12 months’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

Wurz, in his position representing the drivers, doesn’t assume fines are the correct type of punishment for quite a lot of causes – together with the thriller of the place the cash really goes to.

“No person can do something with the fines,” Wurz informed ORF, quoted by Motorsport-total.com. “If the driving force is fined, he ought to slightly come to security coaching on the kart monitor, do a day of junior work with the boys, that will be significantly better.

“In fact, everybody thinks Components 1 drivers have some huge cash, however not all of them do. Loads of them must pay again endlessly to pay the prices of the junior racing collection.

“There are sums of cash being thrown round which are merely not actual in on a regular basis life.”

And what about the place the cash from fines finally ends up? Like Vettel, Wurz, who achieved three F1 podium finishes in 69 begins between 1997 and 2007, wish to know.

“If we knew what would then occur with the cash particularly, we might be rather more snug,” added the 48-year-old Austrian.

“If the cash is reinvested correctly and effectively within the security of motorsport as an entire or in some charitable trigger, we might be okay with that.

“However no driver, neither the GPDA nor anybody, is aware of what precisely occurs with the cash. We hope to speak to the brand new [FIA] president, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, that we modify that and adapt it.”


Wurz, nevertheless, accepted it had been proper to penalise Vettel for his impromptu Melbourne scooter journey.

“The monitor has a five-minute cut-off time after a follow session and he violated that,” he added.

“The marshal mentioned you may go however he doesn’t have to know the sporting rules, Sebastian ought to know. Accordingly, a penalty is justified.”




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