F1 drivers risk million-euro fines after rule change

The decision came after seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton was fined €50,000 with €25,000 suspended, for crossing a live track without permission during the Qatar Grand Prix.

The FIA said on Sunday it was reviewing that decision, highlighting Mercedes driver Hamilton’s position as a role model for younger drivers.

Formula One is racing at the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, this weekend.

Now-triple world champion Max Verstappen was fined €50,000 in 2021 for touching the rear wing of Hamilton’s car after qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Formula One has witnessed some of the biggest fines in any sport, with McLaren famously fined $100m and stripped of constructors’ points in a 2007 spying controversy involving Ferrari information.

The British team ultimately paid half that amount after the fine was reduced by the loss of revenue resulting from being stripped of their points.

The FIA also prohibited the unauthorised possession and use of pyrotechnics at FIA competitions. Dutch fans, in particular, have thrown smoking orange flares at Verstappen’s home race.

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