Russell points to wider global issues amid fines for Formula 1 drivers

Russell points to wider global issues amid fines for Formula 1 drivers

George Russell has questioned the need for hefty fines for Formula 1 drivers, highlighting the world’s most serious ongoing issues.

Recently, the FIA ​​raised the maximum possible fine from €250,000 to €1 million because it “has not been reviewed or amended over at least the past 12 years and does not reflect the current needs of motorsport.”

Although no driver ever received the maximum fine, the decision was criticized across the network.

Some of the harsher fines imposed in recent years include €50,000 paid to Max Verstappen after touching the rear wing of Lewis Hamilton’s car in Brazil two years ago while the car was in closed park conditions.

Hamilton was also fined €50,000 (half of which was suspended for 12 months) for jaywalking after crashing out of the Qatar Grand Prix.

Russell condemned this rule, stressing that there are more pressing issues around the world.

“We just want transparency and understanding,” Russell told media outlets including: Racing News 365..

I think the fines are really starting to get out of control. You know how Verstappen was fined €50,000 for touching a car, and Lewis was fined €50,000 (for crossing the track in Qatar, although half the penalty was suspended for 12 months).

“It’s as if these numbers were plucked out of thin air.

“There are a lot of big global issues going on. A lot of poverty around the world. (I don’t understand) how the federation can recoup these six-figure fines or seven-figure fines.”

Split costs across the network

Drivers can also be fined for speeding in the pit lane during a race weekend, with €100 added for each kilometer per hour over the speed limit they exceed.

There is also a fee to pay for the Super License which is based on a fixed figure of €10,400 with an additional €2,100 added for each point scored in the previous tournament.

Russell stated that these numbers are sometimes paid by teams if a driver is named in his contract.

“It depends a lot on personal contracts, but the same applies to superlicensing,” Russell said.

“Some drivers pay for their premium license and others are covered by the teams.

“I would say that probably 40 percent of the network is imposing less than this maximum fine (one million euros).

“This is income, without taking into account the expenses, the travel around the world, and the people you need as part of your team. It is absolutely obscene.”

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