The list of fines for Formula 1 drivers: more than 130 thousand euros in penalties and two drivers on the verge of penalties
The Formula 1 is about to complete its classic European summer break. After four weeks after the race in Hungary which had the reigning world champion as winner Max Verstappen aboard his Red Bull, and who showed a marked improvement in the Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell on the podium, next weekend will be the 14th date of the calendar with the Belgian Grand Prix.
As a prelude to the return to the ring in the mythical Belgian circuit of Spa-FrancorchampsF1 announced the list with the economic fines of the drivers and also those which directly affect the great license which can cause fouls during a competition. If we talk about who is the most affected driver, it should be noted that German four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel tops the payroll after racking up 35,900 out of a total of 133,800 euros across the category.
This figure represents the bulk of the debt of Aston Martin, which this year received sanctions for an amount close to 42,000 euros if we count what the Canadian also received. Spear Stroll (5,900 euros).
The former Red Bull driver has starred in several episodes so far this season, but it’s two that have added the amount needed to top the most doomed list. For retiring before the end of the drivers’ meeting at the Austrian Grand Prixbeginning of July, was sanctioned by €25,000. The following sentence was applied to him after he broke the engine of his car and returned to the pits by scooter: This earned him a €5,000 discount for the four-time title winner.
The driver who is on the second step of the podium on the blacklist of Formula 1 is Spanish Carlos Sainz Jr.. the ferrari driver received a €25,000 penalty after blocking Stroll during the Grand Prix in the Principality of Monaco and was called to testify before the stewards of the race management.
Another of the great protagonists of the big circus is the third place: Sergio Czech PerezVerstappen’s teammate at Red Bull, was fined three financial penalties in 2022. Two of them were for exceeding the speed limit in the pits and the rest for Illegal detention of Russell in Monaco. This accumulated around 10,600 euros.
In payroll, the names of Charles Leclerc, Hamilton, Verstappen, Ricciardo and the Chinese Guanyu Zhou in his Alfa Romeo, all with a fine of 10 thousand.
In the case of the sanction linked to the Superlicense, it should be remembered that the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the entity that regulates the category, establishes sanctions in the form of rating and when a driver turns 12, they receive a one-race suspension.
Considering 2022 metrics, the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) and the Thai Alex Albon (Williams) are the closest to a sporting sanction. Both add 8 points and, in case of getting two more, they will have to lose 10 places on the starting grid of a Grand Prix. Those following them are two: Guanyu Zhou and Sebastian Vettel, with 7.
Looking ahead to next weekend, the Dutchman from Red Bull takes the undisputed lead in the Drivers’ World Championship. Verstappen has 258 points, 80 more than his immediate rival, Monegasque Leclerc (178). Third in the positions is Checo Pérez with 173, then there are Russell (158), Sainz (156) and Hamilton (146).
The list of drivers with the most fines
Sebastien Vettel (Aston Martin) 35,900 euros
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 25,000
Sergio Perez (Red Bull) 10,600
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 10,000
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) 10,000
Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo) 10,000
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 10,000
Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 10,000
Lance Promenade (Aston Martin) 5.900
Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) 2,000
Alexander Albon (Williams) 1,800
Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) 1.300
Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) 1300
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