Formula E

Hankook Mexico City E-Prix: All Formula E penalties at a glance

Tobias Wirtz

Tobias Wirtz

As with every E-Prix, it is the task of the race stewards of the FIA in Mexico to check compliance with the Technical and Sporting Regulations. If a breach of the rules is detected, it is up to them to impose a penalty. As usual, you will find a list of all the race stewards' decisions in this article.

Loic Bacquelaine, Omar Chavez and Achim Loth take on this task at the Hankook Mexico City E-Prix. They are supported by ex-racing driver Pedro Lamy, who has never competed in a Formula E race but drove in Formula 1 for four years and has a lot of experience in GT and endurance racing.

Penalties in Free Practice

  • Sergio Sette Camara received a fine of 1,800 euros for speeding in the pit lane during the first free practice session. The Brazilian ERT driver was caught driving at 68 km/h instead of the permitted 50 km/h. He also received a penalty point on his racing licence for the speeding offence.
  • Norman Nato had to pay a fine of 1,000 euros. The Andretti driver used too much power in the 1st free practice session.
  • Stoffel Vandoorne has to start the race from further back: The Belgian is dropped back by one grid position because he did not drive into his garage as prescribed when the 1st free practice session was interrupted with a red flag.
  • The same offence was also committed by Nick Cassidy: The runner-up in the world championship must also move down one place on the grid.
  • Mitch Evans also failed to drive into his garage during the practice interruption and will have to start the race one position further back.
  • Antonio Felix da Costa received a fine of 2,500 euros because the tyre pressure on his Porsche was below the minimum pressure of 1.2 bar specified by Hankook. The Portuguese driver has already had bad experiences with this offence in the past: at London, he was given a three-minute time penalty because the pressure had fallen below the minimum due to a slow puncture. All attempts by Porsche to appeal against this penalty failed.
  • Robin Frijns was fined 1,000 euros because a mechanic worked on his car during the second free practice session when it was already in ready to move status. This is strictly forbidden for safety reasons.

Penalties in qualifying

  • One of Norman Nato's lap times in the group phase of qualifying was cancelled because the Andretti driver used more than the maximum permitted 300 kW of power on this lap. This dropped Nato from 9th on the grid to 13th, while Sacha Fenestraz and Sam Bird each moved up two positions.
  • One of Lucas di Grassi's lap times was also cancelled. The ABT returnee violated the track limits in the last corner. However, the penalty had no effect, as di Grassi also spun later on that lap.

Penalties after the race

  • Antonio Felix da Costa was penalised a three positions grid drop for the next race for causing a collision with Nico Müller. The Porsche driver did not receive a penalty point for this action.
  • Daniel Ticktum was fined 1,000 euros for not attending at the mandatory grid photo before the start of the race.
  • His team-mate Sergio Sette Camara, on the other hand, was acquitted, although he was also not present at the grid photo. Sette Camara had a good excuse: he had broken down with his car on the way to the starting grid.

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