Formula E

All Formula E penalties at the Sao Paulo E-Prix at a glance

Tobias Wirtz

Tobias Wirtz

As at every E-Prix, it is the task of the race stewards of the FIA in Sao Paulo to check compliance with the Technical and Sporting Regulations. In the event of an offence, they must decide on the penalty. As usual, you will find a list of all the race stewards' decisions in this article.

Gerd Ennser, Achim Loth and Felipe Maluhy will take on this task at the Sao Paulo E-Prix. They will be supported by former racing driver Pedro Couceiro. The Portuguese can look back on a 20-year career as a professional racing driver and was active as a safety car driver in the World Endurance Championship WEC after his career ended.

Penalties ahead of the Sao Paulo E-Prix

  • The monocoque of Sebastien Buemi was changed before the race because the team suspected damage after his accident in qualifying for Sunday's Diriyah E-Prix. However, the race stewards have not yet issued a penalty as they are awaiting the results of the examination of the survival cell by manufacturer Spark Racing Technologies. If there is indeed damage, no penalty will be imposed.

Penalties in free practice

  • Lucas di Grassi was fined 1,000 euros for exceeding the maximum permitted recuperation power on the rear axle of his ABT Cupra. According to the regulations, a maximum of 350 kW may be recuperated there. Usually the driver is not responsible for such an offence. The cause of such a problem is usually on the software side, where parameters are set incorrectly or calibrations have not been carried out correctly.
  • Edoardo Mortara was also fined 1,000 euros for exceeding the maximum permitted regeneration power on his Mahindra. In contrast to di Grassi, Mortara's offence concerned the front engine, where too much energy was recovered.
  • Max Günther received a 20 places grid penalty because the gearbox of his Maserati was changed before the 2nd free practice session. If he is unable to complete the penalty because he does not qualify for the front row of the grid, the remainder will be converted into a further penalty in the race.
  • The next bad news for the German: Max Günther received a further grid penalty of 20 places because the inverter in his Maserati was changed after the 2nd free practice session.

Penalties after qualifying

  • As Max Günther could only be moved back 19 positions from third on the grid, the remainder of the total penalty of 40 positions was converted into a 10-second stop-and-go penalty. The Maserati driver must come into the pits at the end of the first lap and stop there for ten seconds before he is allowed to continue.

Penalties in and after the race

  • Norman Nato received a five-second time penalty for causing a collision with Lucas di Grassi. This dropped him from 14th to 18th place. The Frenchman also received a penalty point on his racing licence.
  • Sergio Sette Camara was disqualified because he had consumed more than the maximum permitted 38.5 kWh during the race. The local hero had previously finished the race in 16th place.

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