Formula 1 | The most expensive fines in F1 history

In addition to the 10% time penalty for a year spent in the wind tunnel, Red Bull also had to pay a sizable penalty for going over budget in 2021. But it is not the most expensive in the history of Formula 1. , away from it.

We present to you a ranking of the eight most expensive penalties in F1 history, the second part of which is from fourth to first place. Part one is available here.

4 – Ferrari 2002: $1 million (€945,870)

At the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix, the Scuderia was heavily fined after Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher switched places on the exit of the final corner to allow the German driver to win the race.

Barrichello was on his way to victory as he eased off the gas pedal to pass his teammate and consolidate his lead in the drivers’ championship under direct instructions from Ferrari team principal Jean Todt.

At that time, the team was fined for the way the podium ceremony was held, although the team’s orders were not illegal, they were accepted unambiguously.

The case went to the World Motor Sport Council and the following decision was made: “The World Motor Sport Council regretted the issuing and handling of team bookings at the Austrian Grand Prix.”

“However, the board considers it impossible to punish the two drivers, as both were contractually obliged to follow the orders given by the team.”

“The board also recognized the traditional and long-standing right of a team to decide the order of the drivers’ finish in the best interests of its bid to win both world championships.

“Under these circumstances, the board has decided, with some reluctance, that it cannot take any action regarding the team orders placed by Scuderia Ferrari at the Austrian Grand Prix.”

However, it was Barrichello’s standing on the top step of the podium that resulted in the team being fined and pushed there by Schumacher out of embarrassment for the moment.

“Podium procedure was not followed. Rubens Barrichello, a citizen of Brazil, stood on the first step while the national anthem of Germany was played in honor of Michael Schumacher, who took second place. Then Schumacher got on the first step, not both athletes, but only the victorious Italy stood when the national anthem was played.”

“Michael Schumacher took the first place trophy from the hands of the Austrian chancellor, did not recognize him, presented the trophy to Rubens Barrichello, then took the second place trophy from the hands of the Austrian vice chancellors.”

“It is the responsibility of each team to ensure that its contracted drivers respect podium procedures and do not in any way embarrass the national authorities of the country where the Grand Prix is ​​held.

Both drivers and the team were found guilty of breaching the Sporting Regulations and all three parties were collectively fined one million dollars.

3 – To the organizers of the Turkish Grand Prix in 2006: $5 million (€4,730,900)

Unusually, one of the biggest fines ever imposed in Formula 1 came in 2006 against a non-rival. The organizers of the Turkish Grand Prix were indeed fined 5 million dollars after the procedure during the podium ceremony.

Felipe Massa won the race for Ferrari, incidentally his first success in F1. The trophy was presented to him by the leader of the Turkish Cypriots, Mehmet Ali Talat, so he was announced on television. “President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.”

This was not appreciated by the Cypriot community in Greece, nor by the then FIA president Max Mosley, as it was a violation of the sport’s political neutrality.

This is no small crisis, as the World Motor Sport Council is calling on representatives of Turkey’s national sports body and race organizers to answer allegations of violations of the FIA ​​Statutes, Sporting Regulations and the International Sporting Code.

The FIA ​​was ultimately convinced that the actions were not premeditated but opportunistic and imposed a $5 million fine.

Acceptance of the fine kept the Turkish Grand Prix on the calendar, an annual event that continued until 2011 when Istanbul Park was removed from the calendar. It eventually returned for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, which were affected by COVID-19.

2 – Red Bull 2022: $7 million (€6,624,730)

The introduction of the budget cap in 2021 procedurally surprised two teams, but only one team exceeded the actual spending cap of $140 million.

After a lengthy investigation into each team’s accounts for 2021, world constructors’ champion Red Bull was found guilty of a series of offences. “minor expense violation” Just under £1.9 million ($2.3 million).

This overrun is due to Red Bull erroneously excluding and/or adjusting costs. These costs include catering services, employers’ social security contributions, administrative errors, certain travel expenses and maintenance costs.

The FIA ​​admitted that if the tax relief had been applied correctly, the infringement by Red Bull would have been just £432,652.

After the infringement, Red Bull was offered a $7 million fine and a 10% reduction in wind tunnel development time for one year, which was accepted.

1 – McLaren F1 in 2007: $100 million (€94,626,000)

With this $100 million fine in 2007, McLaren received not only the largest fine in F1 history, but also the largest financial penalty in the history of the sport!

“Spygate” became the dominant theme of the season after it was revealed that a McLaren employee was in possession of documents detailing the design of the Ferrari F2007. The matter came to light when the worker’s wife went to a copy shop in England with the documents, and a shop worker became suspicious and contacted the Maranello factory.

A full investigation was launched with the FIA ​​getting involved with McLaren’s Mike Coughlan and ex-Ferrari employee Nigel Stepney.

An internal investigation at McLaren found no evidence of wrongdoing or knowledge of Ferrari’s design, but team principal Ron Dennis approached then-FIA president Max Mosley following a heated exchange between Dennis and Fernando. case reopened. Alonso, then a McLaren driver.

Alonso, along with Lewis Hamilton and test driver Pedro de la Rosa, were all summoned to the FIA ​​and granted immunity in return for relevant information. Alonso and Hamilton were able to continue in the Drivers’ Championship, while the FIA ​​hit McLaren with a disqualification from the Constructors’ Championship and a $100 million fine.

McLaren later publicly admitted that some members of its team had access to technical information from Ferrari and apologized for the fact that an FIA investigation was needed to properly address the situation.

McLaren duly paid the fine, while the FIA ​​considered the case closed in early 2008 after several court costs were paid and the 2008 McLaren MP4/23 was thoroughly inspected.

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