The Red Bull driver was called to appear in front of the stewards on Saturday morning After a video emerged showing him checking the rear wing on the car of his title rival, Hamilton.
After a hearing that lasted less than 30 minutes, and then waiting for the stewards’ decision, the FIA issued a statement confirming Verstappen had been fined 50,000 euros for violating Article 2.5.1 of the Sporting Regulations.
The article states the following: “Inside the closed shed line, only officials are permitted to enter. No operations, inspection, modification or repair shall be carried out unless permitted by the same officials or by a law providing for it.”
The fine means Verstappen retains his second pole in today’s short qualifying race, and the possibility of inheriting pole position if Hamilton’s result is disqualified.
Hamilton’s first pole was doubted after the FIA found that the Mercedes’ DRS did not comply with technical regulations.
A Mercedes hearing took place today as well and started at 10:30am local time in Brazil.
Verstappen heads into the short race today with a 19-point lead over Hamiltonen with 3 points available for the winner of today’s race.
Today’s short qualifying race will determine the grid for the main race tomorrow, but Hamilton already has a penalty for dropping five places regardless of the stewards’ decision on his rear wing due to the engine penalty.
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