Two drivers hit with FIA reprimands after pre-race infringements at Canadian GP

Henry Valantine
The start of the Canadian GP from above. Montreal June 2023.

Max Verstappen leads the field at the start of the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix.

The Haas duo of Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen have both been reprimanded by the FIA after turning up late for the drivers’ parade at the Canadian GP on Sunday.

The drivers are under strict time commitments throughout the race weekend, and the pre-race parade sees the drivers go around the circuit for a lap to wave to the fans in attendance before the racing gets underway in earnest.

And with Hulkenberg and Magnussen turning up five minutes behind schedule, the FIA issued them both with non-driving reprimands for the first time this season.

The team claimed other prior commitments needed to be satisfied before their drivers could go on the pre-race parade, but the FIA took a dim view and awarded them a reprimand nonetheless.

“The reason for the lateness was the team’s media and other commercial commitments that the driver had to satisfy before turning up for the parade,” the stewards wrote in their verdict for each driver.

“We considered that this was not a valid reason for the lateness. A driver turning up late for such events can have undesirable resultant consequences for the event and should be avoided at all times.

“In the circumstances, we decided to impose a Reprimand (non-driving) on the driver.”

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It was a difficult Canadian GP on track for both Haas drivers, with Hulkenberg having received a three-place grid penalty prior to the race for going too fast under red flag conditions in qualifying.

This dropped the German from the front row back to fifth, and he was unable to hold onto a place in the points in the race.

Magnussen suffered a similar fate in the race, dropping back through the order before getting tangled up in contact with AlphaTauri driver Nyck de Vries.

He and the Dutchman went straight on at Turn 3 into the run-off area and needed to both reverse back on track, costing them both a huge amount of time and relegating the pair to the back of the field come the chequered flag.