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03/21 2018

FORMULA E DRIVER LUCAS DI GRASSI PENALIZED FOR NONCOMPLIANT UNDERWEAR

The FIA penlaized Lucas di Grassi the equivalent of $12,000 for not wearing the proper fireproof underwear.

His postrace inspection uncovered clothing that didn’t meet fire-resistant standards

BY:  MATT WEAVER

 

Formula E driver Lucas di Grassi was fined 10,000 euros (around $12,300 USD) following the Punta del Este ePrix after race stewards discovered that di Grassi had worn underwear unapproved by safety regulations during the race.

The FIA published findings that a postrace investigation of di Grassi’s safety gear, it was discovered that his fire-resistant underwear was too short. The Brazilian accepted responsibility for the lack of compliance, stating that his choice of underwear was due to the suppressive heat of Uruguay making him sweaty and uncomfortable.

Di Grassi was outdueled in the race byJean-Ericc Vergne, but the FIA allowed him to keep his first podium finish of the season. However, di Grassi was assessed three penalty points on his FIA license. If a driver accrues 12 penalty points in a 12-month period, they will have their license suspended for one race.

“After checking the clothes, helmet and FHR (frontal head restraint, or HANS device) of the drivers it was found that the driver (wore) short flame-resistant underwear pants which are not allowed by the ISC (international sporting code),” read the FIA bulletin.

“The driver apologized … The stewards consider that in this case, a fine is sufficient. Penalty points (have) to be added because of the incident against safety regulations.”

“It was a mistake, which was by my part, it should never happen. It was not something that I’m used to using,” di Grassi told Motorsport, in regard to his illegal undergarments.

“It was a decision that I took today because of the extreme heat, and I ran out of underwear, and I didn’t want to use a wet one, so I just put a new one [sic]. We did all the safety that was required with the seatbelts, with the pit stops, everything that is actually really important for safety was done. And I didn’t think this underwear issue would be any issue. But of course, I must be aware that I should wear compliance during a race.”