Saavedra docked $10,000, placed on probation post-Long Beach


During Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, KV/AFS Racing’s Sebastian Saavedra was reported to be under investigation for what was termed “over driving the accident,” following the Lap 54 fracas triggered when Ryan Hunter-Reay unsuccessfully tried to pass Josef Newgarden at Turn 4.

Saavedra eventually slid through the accident and following a roller coaster of an afternoon, ended as one of four Colombians in the top-10. His ninth place finish was his third top-10 of his career, after posting an eighth and 10th in 2013 for Dragon Racing.

But the good times ended, at least from a dollars and sense standpoint, on Wednesday when this came in from INDYCAR:

INDYCAR officials have fined driver Sebastian Saavedra $10,000 and placed him on probation through the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 for actions during the April 13 Verizon IndyCar Seres race in Long Beach.

Saavedra, driver of the No. 17 AFS KVAFS Racing car, was found to have violated  Rule (Failure to yield to safety vehicle and personnel).

The member may contest the imposition of the penalty pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

This isn’t Saavedra’s first fine, as he also got a $30,000 hit last year for releasing the “double birds” at Detroit.

Formula 1: Ricciardo on Monaco pole, Verstappen to start last

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Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has dominated all weekend long at the Monaco Grand Prix, leading every single practice session prior to qualifying.

And qualifying was more of the same for the Australian driver, whose quick lap in Q3 came in at 1:10.810, a new track record, to take the pole by more than two tenths of a second over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Meanwhile, Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen endured a much more difficult day, which started with a hard crash in FP3.

Verstappen’s Red Bull RB14 suffered extensive damage to the right side, and even more damage was later found in the car’s gearbox. Such repairs ultimately proved too time consuming, and Verstappen will start Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix from last.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton filled out the top three by qualifying third, with Ferrari and Mercedes also taking the fourth and fifth spots on the grid, with Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and Valtteri Bottas in fifth.

Force India’s Esteban Ocon, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, and Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. take up spots six, seven, and eight on the grid. Sergio Perez made it two Force Indias in Q3, qualifying ninth, while Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly qualified tenth.

Full qualifying results are below. Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix kicks off at 9:00 a.m. ET.