Leading drivers question ‘ridiculous’ new €1 million fine

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Daniel Ricciardo brands it “scary”, Kevin Magnussen “ridiculous”,
George Russell “obscene” but perhaps Charles Leclerc summed it up
best when he said “I have no idea what deserves a €1 million
penalty.” After the FIA published a statement detailing the ins and
outs of the latest World Motor Sport Council meeting in Geneva, one
thing immediately caught the eye among the various calendar
announcements, rule tweaks and general notices. That the maximum
fine a competitor in Grand Prix racing – whether it a be driver, or
team, or even event host, had been quadrupled from €250,000 up to
€1 million. For other FIA World Championships such as Formula E,
the World Endurance and World Rally championships, the fine is up
to €750,000 while for other FIA series it is just €500,000. The
seven-figure fine that could now be handed out to a driver is
something likely only a handful of the best renumerated would ever
be able to stump up. The fact is that a vast majority of the grid
are not in the position to lose such an enormous figure from their
bank accounts. So, the question is then, why has the WMSC made the
change to the International Sporting Code – and in what
circumstances could a competitor ever be hit with such a large
fine? Why has the change been made? The ISC determines how much
stewards – who are independent of the FIA – can impose on drivers
or teams in terms of fines. However, the €250,000 threshold “had
not been reviewed nor amended for at least the last 12 years and
does not reflect the current needs of motor sport,” read the FIA
statement, thus the decision was made to quadruple the maximum
fine. It should be made clear that is is extremely unlikely any
driver will ever face such a sanction – while some teams have faced
multi-million settlements in the past. Red Bull received a
£6,156,429 fine for breaching for 2021 cost cap after entering into
an Accepted Breach Agreement with the FIA, while in 2007, McLaren
was famously fined $100 million for its involvement in Spygate. In
reality, it paid something closer to $31 million, but to this day,
it remains the larget fine in the history of sport. Drivers are
sometimes fined misdemeanours on track, including pit-lane speeding
but this is usually minimal, although received a
€50,000 fine, half of which is suspended until the end of the
season, for crossing a live track in Qatar after his first lap DNF.
Perhaps the most famous driver fine of all-time was the $100,000
handed to Ayrton Senna for his deliberate taking out of Alain Prost
at Turn 1 of the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix. Adjusted for inflation
and into today's money, that fine works out at about €222,771.41.
This is in line with the previous €250,000 mark. In essence, the
new €1 million fine is the strongest deterrent yet for drivers to
behave on track. If you don't want a seven-figure fine to pay,
simply follow the rules and don't do anything to endanger yourself
or others. Then it won't be a problem. What do the drivers think?
As the most successful active driver, Hamilton felt the threat of a
€1 million fine should ensure that every penny is reinvested back
into grassroots motorsport. “When it comes to things like this, I
really do think we need to be thinking about the message that this
sends out to those who are watching,” he explained to media
including RacingNews365. “If they are going to be fining people a
million, let's make sure one hundred per cent of that goes to a
cause. “There's a lot of money in this whole industry and a lot
more that we need to do in terms of creating better accessibility,
better diversity, more opportunities for people who wouldn't
normally have the opportunity to get into a sport like this. “There
are so many causes around the world, and that's the only way
they'll get that million from me!” Old title rival Max Verstappen
even remembered the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix where he was fined
€50,000 for touching the rear-wing of Hamilton's Mercedes in parc
ferme. “I would like to know what that offence can be for one mil,”
he said. “If touching a rear wing is €50k, then I would like to
know what one mill is. Then maybe we can also sponsor the bottles
of wine. I'll get ready!” What do you think of the new €1 million
fine for drivers and teams? Let us know in the comments section
below and by voting in the poll!

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