Leclerc and Ferrari warned by FIA for trip to Monte Carlo restaurant
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has escaped with a warning after breaking Formula One’s strict Covid-19 protocol.
All F1 personnel are required to remain within their so-called bubbles between races as a precaution against the virus, but a picture of the 22-year-old posing with a waiter at a Monte Carlo restaurant this week emerged on social media.
An FIA spokesperson told the PA news agency: “Ferrari have been issued with a reminder and warned that any further breaches of the Covid-19 code of conduct could be referred to the stewards.”
Leclerc was found to have breached Article 3.14 of the code, which reads: “Any time outside the venue during a covered event or between covered events must be spent with other members of the same group, keeping interaction with persons outside that group to a minimum.”
Valtteri Bottas’s movements between races were also looked into after it emerged that the Mercedes driver flew back to Monaco after winning in Austria last weekend. But it was deemed that the Finn stayed in his permitted group, which consists of his girlfriend, Tiffany Cromwell, and his trainer, Antti Vierula.
The second grand prix of the season takes place at the same Spielberg venue this weekend. Lewis Hamilton is staying in his motor home within the parameters of the Red Bull Ring for the first two races.