Max Verstappen has been hit with a €50,000 fine, that’s £42,681, after being summoned to the stewards over an alleged breach of the FIA International Sporting Code relating to parc ferme conditions late on Friday evening, as Lewis Hamilton’s outcome remains pending.
After setting the fastest time, Hamilton was seen getting out of his car to celebrate with his team, however, a fan video showed Verstappen looking at the rear of the Red Bull, and then seemingly reaching out to check his rival car too.
After hearing from Red Bull and Max Verstappen, the stewards say: “It is clear to the Stewards that it has become a habit of the drivers to touch cars after qualifying and the races.
“This was also the explanation of Verstappen, that it was simply habit to touch this area of the car which has been a point of speculation in recent races between both teams.
!This general tendency has been seen as mostly harmless and so has not been uniformly policed. Nevertheless, it is a breach of the parc fermé regulation and has significant potential to cause harm.”
Hamilton was initially the first of the pair to be summoned to the stewards after the FIA checked the Mercedes car after the qualifying session and impounded his rear wing over a possible Drag Reduction System (DRS) infringement following Friday’s qualifying.
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