Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc has kept his podium finish in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix following the stewards’ investigation into the starting fuel weight information supplied by his team. The team has been fined $50,000 after an investigation found Leclerc’s car contained almost 5kg more fuel than the team declared.
Stewards’ verdict on Ferrari
The stewards heard from the team representative, FIA technical delegate and the FIA head of single seater technical matters.
[Technical directive]/014-19 required teams to declare the amount of fuel that they intended to put in the car for the laps to the grid, the formation lap, the race, the in-lap and any fire-ups that would be needed. The Technical Delegate was able to confirm the fuel mass put in the tank by checking in accordance with the procedure specified in TD/014-19.
There was a difference of 4.88kgs between the team’s declaration for car 16 and the Technical Delegate’s measured fuel mass. The team’s declaration was therefore inaccurate and constituted a breach of the Technical Directive. This in turn constitutes an infringement of Article 12.1.1.i of the International Sporting Code.
Accordingly, the stewards determined that the team should be fined €50,000 for its inaccurate declaration.