Ferrari asked to apologize for parc ferme incident

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Scuderia Ferrari has been asked to issue a formal apology after members of its team were involved in a fracas with staff at the Marina Bay Street Circuit ahead of the podium ceremony for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel went wire-to-wire to score the team’s third victory of the season on Sunday, finishing ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

The result marked Ferrari’s first double podium finish since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, but it appears that its team members were little too eager to celebrate as they became embroiled in a fracas with circuit staff who were trying to keep them in a designated area ahead of the podium ceremony.

“The Stewards, having received a complaint from the Secretary of the Event on behalf of himself and the members of the security contingent at Post Race Parc Ferme, that some members of Scuderia Ferrari failed to obey instructions of relevant officials and behaved in an inappropriate manner, have heard from the Team Manager, the Secretary of the Event and the Head of the Security Contingent,” a statement from the stewards read.

“The Team Representative has offered to have the Team Principal send a written unconditional apology to those who were affected and to give an assurance that there will not be a recurrence.”

The Ferrari team members were located near a group of photographers who had assembled under the podium, including Darren Heath, who reported the incident on Twitter.