Hamilton among five drivers handed sanctions following Hungarian GP


Lewis Hamilton was one of five drivers to have penalty points added to his FIA super licence following an eventful Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The race saw a number of drivers come together out on track, whilst many were also caught out by a safety car and exceeded the speed limit behind it. Others also fell foul of the pit lane speed limit, giving themselves a penalty.

Here’s a run down of all of the incidents that the FIA stewards looked into across the course of the Hungarian Grand Prix and the penalties that have been applied.

Hamilton given two penalty points for Ricciardo clash

As well as receiving a drive-through penalty during the race for hitting Daniel Ricciardo on the restart of the race on lap 49, Lewis Hamilton has also been given two penalty points for his FIA super licence.

Hamilton eventually bounced back from the incident to finish the race in sixth place, extending his lead over Nico Rosberg at the top of the drivers’ championship.

No action taken over Rosberg/Ricciardo incident

No action has been taken over the collision between Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo on lap 64 of the race that forced both to pit for repairs.

Rosberg sustained a puncture after hitting Ricciardo’s front wing, prompting the Australian driver to also pit for repairs. He was able to recover and finish in third place, whilst Rosberg dropped through the field to finish the race in eight place.

“The stewards examined the entire sequence of events leading up to the incident, and conclude that no driver was wholly or predominately to blame,” a statement following the race read.

Kvyat hit with time penalty and penalty points

Daniil Kvyat was adjudged to have gained an advantage by going off track when battling for position with Lewis Hamilton following the Mercedes driver’s run-in with Ricciardo. The stewards handed him a ten second time penalty (which had no impact on his second place finish) and two penalty points on his licence.

Verstappen given three penalty points

Max Verstappen was hit with a drive-through penalty for going too quickly under the safety car, and has also been given three penalty points on his licence for the incident. This takes his total to five in the last 12 months.

Verstappen avoided a further penalty for making contact with Valtteri Bottas, though, and finished the race in fourth place.

Lotus keeps the stewards busy

Pastor Maldonado had a busy day. In short: Overtook under safety car; broke the pit lane speed limit; hit Sergio Perez – all adds up to two penalty points and a ten second time penalty. He eventually finished 14th.

Romain Grosjean was also give two penalty points on his licence for an unsafe release from the pit lane at his first stop.

Raikkonen, Massa give five second penalties

Felipe Massa was handed a five second penalty at his first pit stop for taking up the wrong position on the grid for the planned start. Kimi Raikkonen would have had five seconds added on to his final time for pit lane speeding, but did not finish the race.

The race was won by Sebastian Vettel, whilst Daniil Kvyat bounced back from his penalty to lead home Daniel Ricciardo and secure a double podium for Red Bull.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.