BREAKING: Hamilton, Verstappen and Leclerc summoned to the stewards

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After the Austrian Grand Prix, the top three finishers, Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, have been summoned to the stewards for an alleged parc fermé breach.

After the exciting Austrian Grand Prix, the top three finishers of the race have been summoned to the stewards. They allegedly breached Article 12.2.1.i) of the International Sporting Code, which reads: “Failure to follow the instructions of the relevant officials for the safe and orderly conduct of the event.”

It is being reported that the breach is related to the post-race procedure notes which say 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).

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“At the sole discretion of the FIA Media Delegate, the team-embedded photographer of the winning driver may also be permitted in the designated area. All other approved photographers must remain outside of the designated area for the duration of the Parc Fermé and Podium procedure.”

More specifically it appears that the drivers have interacted with their physios before the podium ceremony had started.

If the drivers a penalized in any way, this will most likely be in the form of a fine.

UPDATE: The drivers have been issues suspended €10,000 fines, and it was added that “the passes of the individuals concerned may be revoked in case of systemic violation”.

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