Sébastien Ogier fell for it again. Yesterday, the second stage of the Rally of Finland, he made a rather serious mistake from a safety point of view. Something he had already done in the past, or rather, at the beginning of the season. For this he was fined and penalized in terms of time.
But let’s go in order. Ogier, before starting the SS12, did not fasten the helmet strings correctly. The action was noticed by the race direction and the stewards acquired the material that served them as proof of the infringement committed by Séb.
At the end of the day Ogier was summoned by the commissioners, as well as the navigator Julien Ingrassia and the representative of the Toyota Racing team, Kaj Lindstrom, to be heard about the incident.
Ogier was unable to give explanations in this regard and, for infringing article 53.1 of the FIA WRC 2021 sporting code, he was penalized by 1 minute, added to his overall time in the Rally of Finland.
That’s not all, because Ogier was given a fine, a fine of 800 euros. The infringement itself would result in a driver being fined € 400, but Ogier is on his second such infringement this season. That is why the amount was doubled.
We recall in fact that already at the Rallye Monte-Carlo 2021 – won by Ogier himself – the 7-time world champion had taken part in a special (the PS10 Saint-Clément – Freissinières) without fastening his helmet. On that occasion he was given a fine of 400 euros as required by the sporting regulations.
In the same test, the PS10 of the Rallye Monte-Carlo, the navigator of Thierry Neuville, Martijn Wydaeghe, and the former navigator of Dani Sordo, Carlos Del Barrio, had also committed the same infringement and in turn were fined 400 euros. .
In the document in which Ogier’s penalty is made official, on 2.4 at 22:00 on 2 October, the race marshals of the Rally of Finland acknowledged the fact that no driver thinks about starting in a special stage without fastening his helmet, but once the problem is realized, the rider is required to stop during the test and adjust the helmet to increase safety.