Sebastian Vettel given suspended fine for conducting driver meetings, ‘expressing frustration’
Sebastian Vettel won’t have to pay the €25,000 (£21,160) fine unless he commits another offense this season; Watch Sunday’s Austrian GP live on Sky Sports F1 – climb up from 12.30pm and lights out at 2pm
Last update: 22/07/09 18:42
Sebastian Vettel has been given a suspended fine for leaving an F1 drivers’ meeting prematurely “without permission”, after “expressing his frustration”.
F1 drivers have been concerned about the application of the rules by the F1 stewards so far this season and at Friday’s drivers’ meeting the consistency of the stewards was discussed.
Vettel and fellow multiple world champion Fernando Alonso are believed to have been particularly spirited at the meeting.
Following Saturday’s Sprint, F1 stewards summoned Vettel over his behavior and handed him a suspended fine of €25,000 (£21,160) for the season, which he will not have to pay unless he does not commit another offence.
“The driver, Sebastian Vettel, left the driver’s meeting held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday July 8, without permission, and expressed his frustration during the meeting,” read a statement on Saturday.
Sebastian Vettel makes contact with Alex Albon and goes off the track in the gravel during the Sprint Grand Prix of Austria
“Drivers are not free to leave whenever they want, which is a violation of the obligation to attend.
“Drivers of this level are role models for all drivers in the world and in the opinion of the stewards, Vettel failed to meet that standard in this case.
“Subsequently, Vettel had a meeting with the race director, who informed the stewards that Vettel had apologized unreservedly, and that furthermore, they had had a very constructive conversation on the topics of the meeting and Moreover.
“The stewards determine that there is an infraction, which cannot go without penalty, but that based on the clerk of the course’s report, there are mitigating factors.”
F1 has two new race directors in rotation this season – Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas – after Michael Masi was sacked following the controversial handling of the title decider last season.
Sky Sports F1 live schedule for race day
7:30 a.m.: F3 Feature Race
9:00 a.m.: F2 Feature Race
12:30 a.m.: Grand Prix on Sunday: preparation for the Austrian GP
2 p.m.: THE AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX
4 p.m.: Checkered flag: Reaction from the Austrian GP
5 p.m.: Ted’s notebook
F1 2022 reaches the halfway point with the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring at high speed on Sunday. All the action is live on Sky Sports F1, with race preparation starting at 12.30pm and lights out at 2pm.