Pic hit with fine penalty
Marussia's Charles Pic has been fined 5,000 euros and reprimanded by the Japanese Grand Prix stewards for blocking Lewis Hamilton during final practice.
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The Frenchman was dawdling on the racing line on the approach to the final chicane as Hamilton powered through the preceding 130R corner at around 200mph, forcing the McLaren to dramatically jink right and go down the escape road to avoid a massive accident.
Hamilton immediately radioed his team and said: "I want to let (race director) Charlie (Whiting) know just how dangerous that last corner was."
The stewards took a dim view of the incident and decided to punish Pic, who also found himself in hot water at the last race in Singapore.
There he had 20 seconds added to his race time and he and his race engineer were ordered to perform a day of community service for the FIA's Action for Road Safety campaign at the instruction of the governing body's president Jean Todt after passing under red flags in practice.