Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have all been summoned to the stewards over alleged Parc Ferme breaches at the Austrian Grand Prix.
It places the result of the race into some doubt, with all three drivers who stood on the podium now facing an investigation. Race-winner Leclerc was the first to receive the summons, with the other two following moments after.
None of the summons were specific about what had happened, but all three were being probed for alleged breaches of Parc Ferme rules. According to the official documents from the stewards, the reason given was an “alleged breach of Article 12.2.1 of the International Sporting Code”.
The documents went on to accuse all three driver of “failure to follow the instructions of the relevant officials for the safe and orderly conduct of the event”. Prominent F1 reporter Chris Medland added: “It relates to the drivers’ physios interacting with the drivers in Parc Ferme before they’ve been weighed. It has been going on for a while and the FIA have previously warned the teams it needs to stop.”
If found guilty, it is not currently known what punishment will be levied on the drivers. The most likely outcome is a fine, but it is possible that penalties might be handed out – which could affect the final result of the race at the Red Bull Ring.
The drivers were due to visit the stewards at 5.30pm UK time in order to plead their individual cases.
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