Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel could get banned from participating in the Brazilian Grand Prix following Vettel’s radio messages to FIA race director Charlie Whiting during the Mexican Grand Prix.
Vettel who stood on the podium, but later got demoted to fifth place told FIA race director Charlie Whiting to “f**k off” during the latter stages of the Mexican Grand Prix as Verstappen refused to concede position to the German despite cutting the first chicane.
The German drivers comments were aired on worldwide television, which could also mean the Formula One Management television director could face charges for broadcasting the message.
Following the race, Sky Sports F1 reported that FIA president Jean Todt “wasn’t happy” with Vettel’s comments over the team radio, and was watching in person at Mexico City.
The regulations highlight: “Any of the following offences in addition to any offences specifically referred to previously, shall be deemed to be a breach of these rules:
“Any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any competition or to the interests of motor sport generally.”
Should FIA race director Charlie Whiting wish to do so, he can escalate the matter to the World Motorsport Council, which could result in a fine or a one-race ban – which would be Brazil.