Pic handed time penalty and community service

© Ubaid Parkar, 23 September 2012
© Marussia

Charles Pic was the recipient of an unusual punishment at the Singapore Grand Prix after the Marussia driver was found in breach of regulations.

The Frenchman was found guilty of overtaking a car under four sets of red flags during the third and final practice session on Saturday.

Pic was not only handed a penalty of 20 seconds added to his race time but was also ordered to perform a single day’s community service for the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign along with his engineer.

“I have seen the information and I would like to say that I completely agree with it. It was a mistake on my part and I will use the experience wisely,” said Pic who qualified 22nd.

The governing body’s unfamiliar actions created some buzz in the paddock on Saturday particularly catching the attention of Romain Grosjean, who was banned from one race for causing a crash at the Belgian Grand Prix earlier this month.

“Better to stay one day, even two days, with the FIA rather than get a race ban!” grinned the Lotus driver.


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