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

Tobias Wirtz

Tobias Wirtz

At the first Formula E race in Brazil, it is once again the task of the race stewards of the FIA, the world's automotive governing body, to monitor compliance with the Technical and Sporting Regulations. If there is a violation of the rules, they must then determine the penalty. In this article you will find, as usual, a list of all the decisions of the race commissioners.


At the Sao Paulo E-Prix, Achim Loth, Roberto Pupo Moreno and Michael Schwägerl will take on this task. They will be supported by ex-racing driver Pedro Lamy, who has never competed in a Formula E race but has plenty of experience in GT and endurance racing. Here you can find a list of all the penalties at the Sao Paulo E-Prix, plus additionally the penalties from Hyderabad and Cape Town that will affect the race in Brazil.

Penalties ahead of the Sao Paulo E-Prix

  • Sam Bird received a demotion penalty of five grid positions for his next Formula E race after the Hyderabad E-Prix for causing a collision with Mitch Evans. He also received two penalty points on his race license. Since Bird did not show up for the race after his accident in Cape Town qualifying, he must serve the penalty in Sao Paulo.
  • Maximilian Günther received a retrospective drive-through penalty in Cape Town, which was converted into a demotion of three grid positions in the next race, for overtaking Sacha Fenestraz during the full-course yellow phase. The German also received two penalty points.
  • Pascal Wehrlein also received a demotion of three grid positions in the next race for causing a collision with Sebastien Buemi on the first lap of the Cape Town E-Prix. Wehrlein also received a penalty point on his race license.

Penalties in free practice

  • Nick Cassidy received a warning because on his Envision bolide the tire pressure had been below the minimum pressure of 1.20 bar specified by unit supplier Hankook.
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  • His teammate Sebastien Buemi also received a warning for the same reason.
  • All good things come in threes: ABT Cupra driver Robin Frijns also received a warning for under-inflated tires.
  • Rene Rast was fined 1,000 euros for drawing more than the maximum allowed power from the battery in 2nd Free Practice.

Penalties in qualifying

  • The fastest lap time of Sergio Sette Camara was cancelled because the Nio 333 driver had triggered a red flag in qualifying. The penalty dropped him from fifth to ninth place in his group.

Penalties in and after the race

  • Maximilian Günther received a five-second time penalty for cutting short at the first corner and rejoining traffic without stopping. This rule had been explained to the drivers in the briefing before the race weekend. However, since Günther had enough of a lead over Andre Lotterer at the finish, the penalty had no effect: the Maserati driver retained his eleventh place.
  • Daniel Ticktum also received a time penalty of five seconds for the same offense. Ticktum dropped from 12th to 14th as a result.
  • All good things come in threes again: Oliver Rowland also received a five-second penalty for not having stopped in turn 1 when he skipped the chicane. However, there was no driver behind him either who could have benefited from this penalty at the end of the race. After hearing from the driver and reviewing new video footage, race officials decided after the race to rescind the penalty because Rowland had been forced off the track by Dan Ticktum and had complied with the instructions when returning to the track, they said.
  • Dan Ticktum subsequently received a drive-through penalty, which had turned into a time penalty of 15 seconds. The Nio 333 driver had caused an accident with Oliver Rowland and Jake Dennis. The Briton also received two more penalty points on his racing license.

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