Jean-Eric Vergne was handed a 24-second time penalty and has been stripped of his podium in the second Diriyah night race for missing his 2nd FANBOOST, which promotes DS Techeetah teammate Antonio Felix da Costa to third.
NIO 333 driver Tom Blomqvist and Audi driver Rene Rast committed the same fanboost offense as Vergne and received the same race time penalty.
However, both drivers hit for an additional 24s, having been caught exceeding the 50km/h limit enforced during the full-course yellow.
Envision Virgin Racing driver Nick Cassidy has lost his fifth place in only his second championship race for also having sped while the race was under caution.
Then there’s this –
How do you convince manufacturers to stick around and keep on participating in your racing series? You fine them for leaving.
In the event a Manufacturer withdraws from the Championship prior to the end of the Cycle, the Manufacturer’s sole liability and the FIA’s exclusive remedy for such withdrawal shall be the payment of the World Championship registration and homologation fee for the Season from which the Manufacturer has withdrawn until the end of the Cycle, to be paid in one installment within 60 days from the effective date of withdrawal.
The Manufacturer shall be solely responsible for any consequences towards the Competitors it is supplying.