Yuki Tsunoda and Canada GP race organisers subject of two rare FIA summons orders

Henry Valantine
Yuki Tsunoda with his visor open in the cockpit of his RB F1 car

Yuki Tsunoda is in his full season in F1 in 2024.

The FIA have handed out two rarely-seen summonses post-race at the Canadian Grand Prix, with Yuki Tsunoda called to the stewards for allegedly arriving late for the pre-race playing of the national anthem.

Alongside that, a representative of Octane Racing Group, the Canadian Grand Prix promoters, has been called to the stewards after an alleged spectator track invasion prior to the conclusion of the race.

Yuki Tsunoda among rare summons orders handed out post-Canadian GP

Tsunoda was summoned for allegedly turning up late for the national anthem being played prior to the Canadian Grand Prix.

The FIA claim this is an alleged breach of Article 19.4 b) of the sporting regulations, whereby: “All drivers must attend a thirty (30) minute drivers parade or presentation (including, but not limited to, group photos, social media activities, celebrity interaction or trackside fan engagement) commencing two (2) hours and ten (10) mins before the scheduled start of the formation lap.”

Within that clause, the rule adds: “In any case, no less than fourteen (14) minutes before the scheduled start of the formation lap all drivers must be present at the front of the grid for the playing of the national anthem.”

As a result, the stewards handed the RB driver a €10,000 fine for his lateness, writing: “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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As for the Canadian Grand Prix promoters, they have been called to the stewards for a spectator track invasion before the end of the race on Sunday.

While a rare occurrence, this is not the first time race organisers have been called to the FIA in such a way, with the 2023 Australian Grand Prix having had exactly the same reasoning given after spectators breached security lines prior to the end of the race in Melbourne last year – with protestors also making their way onto the track at Silverstone in 2022.

On track this weekend however, Max Verstappen won a thrilling race in Montréal on Sunday, with Tsunoda coming home 14th after a late trip across the grass at Turn 8 saw him almost collide with multiple rivals.

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