Aston Martin driver, Sebastian Vettel, has returned to the 2022 F1 season at the Australian Grand Prix after contracting COVID-19. He has already had an eventful start and had the crowds and viewers in stitches, although the FIA has been left less than impressed and is investigating him further.
Vettel was given the all clear ahead of this weekends Grand Prix but unfortunately his first practice session back ending dramatically when his AMR22 went up in smoke in the last thirty minutes if the session.
Sebastian Vettel’s first lap in the AMR22 pic.twitter.com/XLfwk3r1WO
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Instead of taking a ride in the medical car or walk back to the garages, Vettel spontaneously took a scooter and went for a last lap around the track after the session had finished, waving at everyone.
The FIA have said that Vettel is now under investigation for this as he wasn’t wearing his helmet properly and for ‘entering the track without permission’.
Sky Sports’ Martin Brundle said:
“I can imagine Seb will be getting a thousand lines to do.
“‘I must not go onto the track with a scooter and not wear my crash helmet properly.’
“Or the punishment will be a little bit more expensive than that.”
Vettel’s Aston Martin had to be fitted with a new power unit causing him to miss the whole of FP2.
Let’s see what comes of the investigation.