Yuki Tsunoda and Alex Albon top the penalty charts while Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton remain F1’s ‘good guys’ in 2022
Formula 1 is undeniably one of the most expensive sports on the circuit, with teams spending around US$145m (£121m) on their team’s expenses this season (excluding drivers’ salaries and a few other exceptions).
The act of hosting the race creates another field of awareness, with countries paying a hosting fee of over $30 million.
That HITC reported that the Saudi Arabian race organizer is paying $55 million to host the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – an issue that has sparked much controversy as F1 has been accused of supporting the new sports washing phenomenon.
However, these are not the only expenses incurred during an F1 season, with driver fines and penalties accounting for a growing proportion of the FIA’s budget.
We are currently halfway through the 2022 F1 season with Max Verstappen leading the drivers’ standings by a comfortable 80 points.
Not only has this season been filled with the ongoing drama between Red Bull and Ferrari, but we’ve seen over $137,000 in fines handed out.
With nine races to go, here’s who’s currently in the charts for fines and which team has suffered the most financial damage…
Who has the most penalties?
Somewhat surprisingly, it’s Yuki Tsunoda and Alex Albon for AlphaTauri and Williams respectively who have received the most penalties so far this season: the Japanese and Thai drivers have received 8 each. (All data courtesy of the FIA and casumo).
Tsunoda took his penalties for a variety of reasons, including speeding in the pit lane in Canada, unnecessarily slowing in qualifying in Australia and for numerous stories of obstructions and collisions.
Meanwhile, Albon’s penalties have come from gaining an advantage, leaving the track for unjustified reasons and speeding in the pit lane – among other things.
Next we have 2022 F1 rookie Zhou Guanyu and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel with seven offenses so far this year, while Pierre Gasly, Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll are on six offenses.
Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz have five; Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo have four; Kevin Magnussen has three, while Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Nicholas Latifi and George Russell have two each.
Who has the fewest penalties?
Contrary to what many think of the often aggressive driver, Max Verstappen is one of three drivers to have received just one penalty so far this season.
Seven-time world champion and 2021 Verstappen rival Lewis Hamilton is the second to receive just one penalty, while Haas’ Mick Schumacher is third.
Verstappen and Hamilton both collected their only penalty (which cost him a whopping €10,000) at the Austrian Grand Prix after their driver assistants entered the Parc Femme “without permission and in breach of previously published procedure to the race” for the proper conduct of the Event”.
Who has cost their team the most in fines?
Sebastian Vettel, who is set to retire soon, has clearly realized he has nothing to lose this season after costing Aston Martin a total of €35,900 in fines.
His transgressions were not only the most expensive, but also by far the most unique.
The two most notable fines were for driving a scooter on the track within the five-minute window to P1 in Australia and for its “conduct during the drivers’ briefing”.
Most F1 fans were horrified when Vettel received his €5000 fine for riding a scooter as it was one of the most iconic moments of the season so far.
However, he received his most expensive fine after the Austrian qualifying session, when he left the drivers’ briefing dissatisfied with the line of questioning.
He was ordered to pay US$25,000 for an “alleged violation of Article 12.2.1f) of the International Sporting Code and Article 20.1 of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations – conduct at the 7.30pm drivers briefing.
However, with just nine races left in his F1 career, it’s hard to imagine that Vettel will have too many worries in the world when it comes to being fined for standing up for what he believes in.
Total cost for each team:
- Aston Martin – €41,800
- Ferrari – €35,000
- Red Bull – €20,600
- Alfa Romeo – €12,000
- McLaren – €10,000
- Mercedes – €10,000
- Alpha Tauri – €2,600
- Williams Racing – €1,800
- (Haas and BWT Alpine unknown)