The FIA isn’t laughing this yr by often inflicting penalties (in numerous types) on drivers within the World Rally Championship. After Fourmaux (Kenya), Ogier (Croatia), Veiby (Portugal) and Østberg (Sardinia), this time Thierry Neuville was caught by the patrol.
Within the warmth of the motion this Sunday, the Belgian acquired a penalty following a late rating (one minute) firstly of SS23. Though “clear” for his classification which might have remained the identical with out this addition of the commissioners, he confirmed some annoyance on the microphone of the journalist from WRC +, questioning her a couple of potential tactic. “I do not know what tactic that could be. Rattling,” he let go earlier than slamming the door of his i20 Coupe WRC and leaving.
With out dwelling on the explanations for this delay, the Hyundai Motorsport driver nonetheless talked about “a tough Sunday” spoiled by “too many technical issues” crossing shortly after the end line of the Energy Stage.
Just a few hours later, the commissaires’ panel lastly let or not it’s recognized that he had been responsible of a severe violation of the freeway code, being managed at 190 km / h in an space nevertheless restricted to 90 on the hyperlink. earlier than the beginning of SS23. For non-compliance with a number of articles of the 2021 FIA Sporting Rules in addition to these of the 2021 WRC, a wonderful of two,500 euros and a suspended rally suspension (legitimate within the occasion of a repeat offense this yr for a dashing violation of 30% of the restrict), have been inflicted on him.
This Sunday at four.30 p.m. (in France), the Belgian crew in addition to the staff supervisor Alain Penasse have been heard to make clear this habits in entrance of the marshals, who summarized these exchanges in an official doc.
“The crew said that on account of some technical points with their automobile, they have been late approaching TC23 [time control]. As they have been preventing for a spot on the rostrum within the standings, they could not keep away from driving too quick in order to not be late at TC23. They add that at the moment the street was freed from all site visitors. “
“Dashing is a severe violation of the articles of the FIA Worldwide Sporting Code. On this case, the pace recorded was greater than 100% above the pace restrict, and the absence of site visitors can’t be taken under consideration. consideration for invoking mitigating circumstances, ” the assertion clarified.