Hankook London E-Prix: All Formula E penalties at a glance
As at every Formula E event, the race stewards of the FIA, the world governing body for automobiles, have the task of ensuring compliance with the Technical and Sporting Regulations at the 2023 season finale. If any infringements of the rules are found, it is up to them to impose penalties. In this article you will find, as always, a list of all decisions of the race stewards.
At the Hankook London E-Prix, Xavier Bone, Eric Cowcil and Michael Schwägerl are taking on this task. They are again being supported by ex-racing driver Paul Belmondo. The 60-year-old Frenchman was competing in Formula 1 for several years in his career after five years in Formula 3000.
Penalties ahead of the London E-Prix
- Mitch Evans received a five-place grid penalty for Saturday's race for causing a collision with Nick Cassidy in Rome. The Jaguar driver also received a penalty point on his race license (overview of penalty points for all drivers).
Penalties in Saturday Free Practice
- Jean-Eric Vergne used his joker to be allowed to change a damaged front tyre without penalty after Free Practice 1. Per season, each driver has one joker each for front and rear tyres, should a tyre be damaged during Free Practice.
Penalties in Saturday Qualifying
- Andre Lotterer erhielt eine Geldstrafe von 1.500 Euro, da er in der Gruppenphase des Qualifyings zweimal über die Ziellinie gefahren war, als die Session bereits beendet war. Da er beim ersten Mal jedoch nur 0,8 Sekunden nach dem Ende der Session über die Linie fuhr und weder die schwarz-weiß-karrierte Flagge noch nicht geschwenkt wurde noch sein Team ihn darüber informierte, wurde kein Strafpunkt ausgesprochen.
- Andre Lotterer was fined 1,500 euros for crossing the finish line twice in the group stage of qualifying when the session had already ended. However, as he crossed the line only 0.8 seconds after the end of the session on the first occasion, and neither the black and white chequered flag had not yet been waved nor his team informed him of this, no penalty point was imposed.
Penalties in Saturday Race
- Andre Lotterer received a time penalty of five seconds for causing a collision with Dan Ticktum. Lotterer also received a penalty point on his race licence.
- Maximilian Günther received a five-second time penalty for causing a collision with Antonio Felix da Costa. This knocked the German out of the points, so that he ended up in 12th place. The Maserati driver also received a penalty point.
- Another five seconds time penalty got Rene Rast for the collision with Pascal Wehrlein. The McLaren driver lost his top 10 result and was classified in P14. Rast also got a penalty point.
- Norman Nato also received a five-second time penalty for causing a collision with Sebastien Buemi. The Nissan driver thus dropped from fourth to eighth place. Nato also received a penalty point for the action.
- Roberto Merhi received a ten-second time penalty for causing a collision with Jake Hughes which, however, did not change his position. He also received two penalty points for the collision.
- Robin Frijns received a grid drop penalty of three positions for the next race for causing a collision with Lucas di Grassi. Frijns also had a penalty point recorded on his race license.
- Antonio Felix da Costa received a three-minute time penalty because the right front tyre of his Porsche was underinflated from lap 33 onwards. As this was caused, in Porsche's view, by a piece of debris that left a cut in the tread of the tyre, Porsche announced that it would appeal against this penalty.
- Sacha Fenestraz received a reprimand for causing a collision with Sergio Sette Camara. The stewards justified this by saying that after hearing the driver, they considered this punishment appropriate.
- Nico Müller also received a reprimand for moving under braking. He did not leave enough space for Mahindra driver Roberto Merhi.
- Sergio Sette Camara was disqualified 15 hours after the race. During the first red flag break, the deputy technical delegate had asked the team to replace the damaged front wing, which would have resulted in a demotion to the back of the field. However, the team did not comply with this request. The Brazilian thus lost fifth place. Nio 333 even lost ninth place to Mahindra in the teams' standings. Nio 333 announced to have lodged an intent to appeal.
BREAKING: @NIO333FormulaE driver @sergiosettecama has been disqualified from #LondonEPrix Saturday race! The team did not change the nose of the car after being instructed to do so. The brazilian loses P5, 15 hours after the end of the race! #ABBFormulaE #FormulaE pic.twitter.com/Acpbziyz16— Tobias Wirtz (@tobiw_apex) July 30, 2023