Vettel hit with 10,000 Euro penalty…Start, stop, pay

This weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix had an FIA stipulation that there would be no practice start procedures done from pit lane. Unfortunately Sebastian Vettel found out the hard way to the tune of 10,000 Euros.

Apparently the FIA have fined the German champion 10,000 Euros for a practice start in the pit lane this weekend. The team recognized the error and immediately alerted race stewards to their error. The FIA suggested the penalty could have been worse but the team took the right steps in alerting them as well as explained that it was a new lollipop man who may have missed the cue.

The rule states: “At no time may a car be driven unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers or any other person. This will apply whether any such car is being driven on the track, the pit entry or the pitlane.”

You can see the official penalty right here.

So far this weekend has netted the FIA 12,500 Euros in fines. Not a bad weekend…that ought to pay Herbie Blash’s mobile phone bill this month.

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