Sebastian Vettel has been fined 5000 euros for driving a scooter on the Melbourne Formula 1 circuit.
The 34-year-old violated sporting regulations with his action shortly after the end of the first practice session on Friday, the race commissioners in Australia ruled. According to these rules, it is forbidden for anyone to enter the track in the five minutes after the end of a practice session unless they have special permission. This also applies to racing drivers.
Vettel had previously had to park his Aston Martin due to an engine failure. To the cheers of the fans, he had ridden back to his team’s garage on a track marshal’s scooter, waving. The Hessian had missed the first two rounds of the season due to a positive coronation test and is making a late start to the season in Melbourne. Vettel missed the second practice session because his car was not fit to drive again in time after the technical breakdown.