The first decision of the race stewards has been made: Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has to pay a heavy fine – for a strange offense.
World Cup leader Max Verstappen has received a fine of 50,000 euros for violating the provisions of the so-called Parc Fermé. The race stewards saw it as proven at the São Paulo Grand Prix that the 24-year-old had illegally touched the rear of his Red Bull and especially that of his Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton during the technical inspection on Friday.
“It is clear to the stewards that it has become a habit of the drivers to touch the cars after qualifying and the races,” wrote the stewards on Saturday. “This general tendency was seen as largely harmless and was therefore not punished consistently. Nevertheless, it is a violation of the Parc Fermé regulation and has a considerable potential for harm.” When he touched Hamilton’s car, Verstappen did not move anything significantly.
After the start chase on Friday, the Dutchman was seen touching the rear wing of his car and then the wing on Hamilton’s Mercedes. The stewards also evaluated a fan video for this. Verstappen and a Red Bull representative were heard. In the overall standings, the Dutchman is 19 points ahead of Hamilton ahead of the last four races of the season.
SID news agency