Components One drivers expressed shock and amazement on Thursday after the game’s governing physique quadrupled the quantity stewards can high quality them to a most of 1 million euros ($1.06 million).
The change to the Worldwide Sporting Code (ISC) was authorized at a gathering of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council in Geneva.
It stated the earlier most of 250,000 euros had not been reviewed or amended for at the very least the final 12 years “and doesn’t mirror the present wants of motor sport.”
Mercedes’ George Russell, a director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Affiliation (GPDA), stated the brand new most “appears obscene”.
“In my first 12 months of Components One (at Williams), I used to be on a five-figure wage and really misplaced over six figures from paying for my coach, paying for flights, paying for an assistant,” he instructed reporters on the U.S. Grand Prix.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc stated he had no thought what would possibly deserve a $1 million penalty and Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, whose staff have one of many smallest budgets, stated it sounded ridiculous.
“Charles can provide his watch however I’d disappear, by no means to be discovered once more,” added the Dane.
Leclerc had an unique Richard Mille watch, which reviews valued at greater than $2 million, stolen off his wrist in Italy final 12 months.
Mercedes’ seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton, who was fined $50,000 in Qatar two weekends in the past for crossing a stay monitor in an incident that the FIA is reviewing, stated it was the primary he had heard of it.
“If they’re going to be fining one million, let’s be sure that 100% of that goes to a trigger,” added the Briton, whose newest contract pays him a reported £50m ($60.71m) a 12 months.
“There’s some huge cash in