The punishment is suspended for the remainder of the season
Sebastian Vettel was called in by the stewards for his misconduct at Friday’s Formula 1 drivers’ meeting.
It looked like there would be a punishment and, indeed, there has been.
The Aston Martin driver will be fined 25,000 euros for an alleged infringement of the International Sporting Code.
Given these circumstances, and after hearing the German driver’s side of the story, the stewards took the decision to sanction him.
A statement from the FIA, issued shortly after speaking to him, specifies the fine: 25,000 euros but it is suspended for the remainder of the season.
“The driver, Sebastian Vettel, left the drivers’ meeting, which was held on Friday 8 July at 19:30, without permission and expressed his frustration,” the FIA said in a statement released to the public.
The fact that he got up and walked out has exhausted the patience of the stewards, who believe the punishment is necessary.
“Drivers are not free to leave whenever they want, as this is a breach of their obligation to attend. Drivers at this level are an example to all other drivers and, in the opinion of the stewards, Vettel was not up to the task in this case,” read the statement.
The fact is that there is continuing unpleasantness for Vettel.
A collision with Albon in the sprint has left him almost at the back of the grid for the start of the Austrian Grand Prix, where he will be forced to run through the field.
After getting up and leaving the room, Vettel backtracked. He met with the Race Director and apologised.
“The Race Director informed the stewards that Vettel had apologised to himself and that they had a very constructive conversation on the same subjects as the meeting and other matters.” the statement continued.
However, they do not consider this to be enough to let such an act go unpunished. So they went ahead with the sanction anyway.
“The stewards determined that there was a clear infringement, which cannot go unpunished, but based on the Race Director’s report, there are mitigating factors.”
In any case, Vettel will not have to pay the fine. At least not for the time being.
“The Stewards sentence him to a fine of 25,000 euros, which is suspended for the remainder of the 2022 season, without prejudice to any infringement of Article 20.1 of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations or Article 12.2.1 f) of the International Sporting Code.”
What this essentially means is that should Vettel fall foul of the rules once more, his fine will need to be paid.