Ferrari fined for 'inaccurate fuel declaration'

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuitae

Scuderia Ferrari have been fined €50000 by the stewards after the technical delegate reported that the team had put nearly 5kg more fuel into the car than reported by the team.

The Stewards heard from the team representative, FIA Technical Delegate and the FIA Head of Single Seater Technical Matters.

An FIA document reads: "TD/014-19 required teams to declare the amount of fuel that they intended to put in the car for the laps to the grid, the formation lap, the race, the in-lap and any fire-ups that would be needed. The Technical Delegate was able to confirm the fuel mass put in the tank by checking in accordance with the procedure specified in TD/014-19.

"There was a difference of 4.88kgs between the team’s declaration for car 16 and the Technical Delegate’s measured fuel mass.

"The team’s declaration was therefore inaccurate and constituted a breach of the Technical Directive. This in turn constitutes an infringement of Article 12.1.1.i of the International Sporting Code.

The stewards therefore determined the team must be fined €50,000 for its inaccurate declaration, with Scuderia Ferrari thereby escaping a possible disqualification for Charles Leclerc, who finished third in today's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Ferrari have the right to appeal the decision, but given the lenient penalty, it is very unlikely it will do so.