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today is Jan 23, 2022

In the round-up: Max Verstappen called attention to championship rival Lewis Hamilton’s fine for a safety rules breach after the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, pointing out it was less than he received for a parc ferme violation.

In brief

Verstappen comments on Hamilton fine

Hamilton was fined €5,000 – with a further €20,000 fine suspended until the end of the 2022 F1 season – for disconnecting his seatbelts after his victory in Brazil before stopping in the pits.

The previous day Verstappen was fined 10 times as much after video footage showed him inspecting and touching the rear wing on Hamilton’s car in parc ferme. The rear wing subsequently failed a technical inspection, though the stewards ruled that was not a consequence of Verstappen touching it.

“It’s not allowed to touch the rear wing any more, that’s for sure, otherwise you have a very expensive fine,” Verstappen observed in an interview for DAZN. “But apparently you can drive with your seatbelts loose. It’s cheaper, I might think about that.”

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Carpenter keeping options open for number 20 entry (Racer)

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Jakarta governor Anies on the collaboration between Formula E and IMI-Jakpro (Formula E)

"For Indonesia, the 2022 E-Prix is more than just a racing event, but also a message to the whole world that Indonesia is recovering after the Covid-19 pandemic. We are ready to welcome tourists and investors back in the country, and this will support the government's post-pandemic economic restoration plan."

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