Dixon fined $30,000, placed on probation after Baltimore outburst

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Scott Dixon has been fined $30,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year for comments made in the aftermath of Sunday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT, and to be honest, it’s not a huge surprise.

Dixon was facing the penalties after disparaging comments made toward INDYCAR Race Control and in particular, Race Director Beaux Barfield, as well as other comments said in print regarding Team Penske, driver Will Power and team president Tim Cindric.

The official violations are of Rules 9.3.1.8 and 9.3.7 of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook (listed below). Dixon can work off the fine by making public appearances on INDYCAR’s behalf the rest of the year.

9.3.1.8. Using improper, profane or disparaging language or gestures in reference to Officials, Members or action or situations connected with INDYCAR, the IZOD IndyCar Series, or any Event.

9.3.7. If any Member uses improper, profane or disparaging language or gestures and references a specific Official by his/her name, such Member may be find a minimum of $25,000 and may be subject to additional penalties based upon the particular circumstances.

This isn’t a huge surprise because Penske drivers Power and Helio Castroneves have been fined the same amount for similar outbursts, both against prior IndyCar Race Director Brian Barnhart, in 2011. Dixon was always likely to get fined for these reactions and the penalties fall according to past precedents.

Dixon has already taken the action in stride thanks to his trademark candor and wit, thanks to this tweet below. He’ll be racing this weekend in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at Monterey with Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti.

 

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.