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F1 | Austrian GP | Leclerc, Verstappen and Hamilton handed 10,000 euro suspended fines for parc ferme breach

The podium finishers all got a suspended fine as their physios ended up in parc ferme without permission.

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F1 | Austrian GP | Leclerc, Verstappen and Hamilton handed 10,000 euro suspended fines for parc ferme breach
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The top three finishers of the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix all found themselves in the stewards office as their physios had made their way into parc ferme without permission to do so.

Before the race, it was stated that "other than the team mechanics (with cooling fans if necessary), officials and FIA pre-approved television crews and FIA approved photographers, no one else will be allowed in the designated area at this time (no team PR personnel).

"Driver physios must wait outside the cool down room behind the podium until the podium ceremony has concluded)."

However, Leclerc, Verstappen and Hamilton all breached it and all got a 10,000 euro suspended fine for it. They join Sebastian Vettel in getting a suspended fine. The German was given a 25,000 euro one for walking out of the drivers' briefing on Friday evening.

Fernando Alonso was also under investigation but got cleared by the stewards following an issue with his left front tyre when he pitted for the first time under VSC conditions. A brilliant late charge meant he finished 10th and gets to keep it.

The statement from the stewards on the suspended fines for Leclerc, Verstappen and Hamilton:

"The Stewards received a report from the Media Delegate, which was subsequently confirmed by video evidence, that the physio / drivers' assistants of the top three finishers entered Parc Ferme without permission and in violation of the procedure that was published prior to the race 'for the orderly conduct of the event."

"In part this is to prevent handing over of items to the drivers prior to them being weighed.

"The Competitor is fined €10,000, which will be suspended for the remainder of the season pending any further violation of the procedure, and the competitors are warned that the passes of the individuals concerned may be revoked in case of systemic violation."

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