SEBASTIAN VETTEL has been fined just over £4,000 for driving a MOPED on track at the Australian GP.
The incident occurred when hag‘s Aston Martin had an engine failure before catching fire.
The German was offered a ride back to the paddock by a marshal before Vettel himself took control of the bike.
He drove back to his team’s garage, helmetless and on his head while waving to spectators in the stands.
The four-time world champion, who missed the first two races of the season due to Covid, was all smiles.
But that was soon wiped from his face when new FIA racing director Niels Wittich called him into his office to explain his actions.
F1 The rules state that no one may go out on the track within five minutes of the end of a session.
However, there are exceptions for “drivers driving or walking, having previously obtained permission from a marshal to do so”.
There is a growing sense that Wittich, who was signed to replace Michael Masi after the Australian’s blunder in Abu Dhabi, is flexing his muscles.
The German racing boss is proving to be quite a supporter of the rulebook and had this week told drivers not to wear jewelry under their racing suits.
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However, Vettel insisted he had been told by the Marshal he CAN return to the pits.
He said: We had a problem and there was a bit of smoke and I lost power and we had to stop the car on the track.
“I did my best to limit the damage and get him off the track as quickly as possible. I tried to make sure the car didn’t take any further damage.
“The Marshal was very helpful, he had a Leatherman. I asked for an Allen key then we removed part of the bodywork so I could climb underneath and cool the car. So it was a bit of work.
“I asked, ‘Can I go back?’ once I knew the car was safe, that it wasn’t going to catch fire again.
“But anyway, the session was over and I was like, ‘Anybody coming?’ They said, ‘Yes, yes, as soon as the session is over.’
“And then the guy came with a scooter and said, ‘You can jump on the back.’
“I said, ‘Can I ride it?’ Because I prefer to drive myself. And then he gave me the scooter, I said ‘OK’ and he said ‘Let’s go.’ And I left.
“I mean, I would like to get the car back and not have a problem in the first place. I’m not here to ride scooters!”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/motorsport/18205302/sebastian-vettel-f1-moped-fine-australian-gp/ Sebastian Vettel has been slapped with a fine for jokingly hijacking the F1 official’s moped and driving a lap at the Australian GP