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Yuki Tsunoda

RB issued fine after strange Tsunoda infringement

RB has been forced to pay a fine after breaching the sporting regulations on the build-up to the Canadian Grand Prix.

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The RB Formula 1 team has been forced to pay a €10,000 fine following the Canadian Grand Prix.

The fine relates to Yuki Tsunoda arriving late to the national anthem ceremony that takes place prior to the start of every race.

Drivers are required to take their designated positions at the front of the grid for the ceremony, however on this occasion, Tsunoda was not in his spot when the anthem started.

As a result, RB has been forced to pay a €10,000 fine.

“The Stewards received a report from the Media Delegate that the driver of Car 22 (Yuki Tsunoda) was late for the National Anthem,” read a statement. “The Stewards reviewed video evidence and determined that the driver was indeed late for the anthem. 

“The team stated that they failed to inform the driver about the timing adequately and therefore caused the delay, but it is also the responsibility of the driver to arrive in time. It is noted that the driver, once made aware of his mistake, took every reasonable effort to attend the National Anthem as soon as possible.

“The Stewards acknowledge that attending the National Anthem is an important element of the pre-race procedures and a sign of respect for the host country of the event. 

“The Stewards note that the precedents are implying a less severe penalty (reprimand), but feel that escalating the penalty to a fine is appropriate.”

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