Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have kept their second and third-place finishes in today’s Spanish Grand Prix after their team was investigated for a breach of parc ferme restrictions.Mercedes have been fined €10,000 (£8,613) after the drivers’ physiotherapists were found to have violated the parc ferme restrictions.
The stewards noted that “the physios/drivers’ assistants of cars 44 [Hamilton] and 63 [Russell] entered parc ferme in violation of the post race interview and podium ceremony procedure that was published prior to the race ‘for the orderly conduct of the event’.”
Teams were advised before the race that “driver physios must wait outside the cool down room behind the podium until the podium ceremony has concluded following the instructions given to all teams by the media delegate.”
The teams are responsible for the actions of any individuals providing services for them, the stewards pointed out: “Article 9.15.1 of the FIA International Sporting Code places the responsibility for the actions on the part of any person providing a service, on the competitor to whom the service is provided.”
Mercedes and two other teams committed a similar breach at last year’s Austrian Grand Prix. On that occasion the team was given a suspended €10,000 fine.
The team scored its best finish of the season to date in today’s race, adding 33 points to its tally and overtaking Aston Martin for second place in the constructors championship.
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