Sauber fined for incorrect radio message

2013 Japanese Grand Prix

Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Suzuka, 2013Sauber have been fined ??16,980 (??20,000) for giving an incorrect radio message to Nico Hulkenberg which resulted in him holding up Max Chilton.

Hulkenberg was not penalised for the incident which happened at the end of final practice.

The stewards ruled that “the team of car 11 [Sauber] advised him [Hulkenberg] by radio that car 23 [Chilton] was on a ‘cool down’ lap. Car 11 was preparing for a fast lap when the driver realised car 23 was immediately behind him and tried his best to give car 23 the apex.”

“The team of car 23 [Marussia] does not believe the incident amounted to illegitimately impeding,” they added.

“However, whilst the driver of car 11 is not found to be in breach of Article 16.1(g), we determine the team to be responsible for the incident, which was potentially dangerous, by issuing an incorrect message.”

At the end of practice Hulkenberg was heard asking “What was that about, Chilton?” to which race engineer Marco Schupbach replied “Yeah we speak after”.

The stewards also gave Nico Rosberg his second reprimand of the year for driving too slowly on the track during final practice on the approach to 130R.

“Car 9 [Rosberg] slowed to less than 90kph when car 20 [Charles Pic] was closing at full speed on the straight,” said the stewards.

“The speed differential was approximately 200kph at the point where car 20 needed to decide on which side to pass. The driver of car 9 conceded that he should have more clearly indicated to car 20 on which side he could pass, by moving to one side.”

Adrian Sutil has also received a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change after his original unit was damaged when he crashed at Spoon Curve during the final hour of practice.

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16 comments on Sauber fined for incorrect radio message

  1. Armchair Expert (@armchairexpert) said on 12th October 2013, 9:24

    Is FIA desperately looking for money or what, because I really don’t understand this huge financial penalty for such minor infringement?

  2. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 12th October 2013, 9:25

    Ouch…

  3. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 12th October 2013, 10:26

    I lol-ed just by reading the title.

  4. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 12th October 2013, 11:44

    I like how detailed the stewards’ explanation is. Makes a lot of sense to me. Wish all decisions were so well explained.

  5. F1Rocket said on 12th October 2013, 14:12

    Hmmm.. 3 Germans got penalty/reprimand. There is one German left :D

  6. SlackBladder said on 13th October 2013, 6:00

    Come on when did stuff just happening stop and all these fines and laws start? Racing used to be a free for all, a huge party, F-U-N. Since the Self impotant, Egotestical, Idiots who think this crap up think what they say matters, in the name of Safety, Security and the Nanny state. What next speed limits on ‘race tracks’? with F1 cars painted to look like cop cars zooming up to pull car and driver over for disobeying the speed limit!?
    I was going to say if this keeps up F1 will be unwatchable in a few years to any one with discerning tastes, however I think we are at that point now with this ‘sport’, Nascar any one?

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