Mercedes fined for breaching parc ferme in Barcelona

Mercedes fined for breaching parc ferme in Barcelona

Mercedes fined for breaching parc ferme in Barcelona
Mercedes were summoned the stewards after the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix was over for a breach the parc ferme by the team’s driver physiotherapists.

Spanish Grand Prix stewards fined Mercedes €10,000 ($10,705.00) on Sunday for a breach of Formula 1’s post-race procedures after driver physios entered areas that were off-limits.

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finished second and third respectively at the Circuit de Catalunya, the team’s first double podium of the season.

The stewards said video evidence confirmed physios or assistants to Hamilton and Russell entered the ‘parc ferme’ area “in violation of the post race interview and podium ceremony procedure”.

The procedure states that “driver physios must wait outside the cool down room behind the podium until the podium ceremony has concluded.”

Stewards statement

The stewards said in decision document 53: “The Stewards received a report from the Media Delegate, which was subsequently confirmed by video evidence, that the physios / drivers’ assistants of Cars 44 and 63 entered parc ferme in violation of the Post Race Interview and Podium Ceremony Procedure that was published prior to the race ‘for the orderly conduct of the event’.

“Article 9.15.1 of the FIA International Sporting Code places the responsibility for the actions on the part of any person providing a service, on the Competitor to whom the service is provided.

“Competitors are reminded that they have the right to appeal certain decisions of the Stewards, in accordance with Article 15 of the FIA International Sporting Code and Chapter 4 of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules, within the applicable time limits.

“Decisions of the Stewards are taken independently of the FIA and are based solely on the relevant regulations, guidelines and evidence presented,” the stewards concluded.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Addition reporting by GrandPrix247)