Leclerc keeps Abu Dhabi podium spot, Ferrari fined €50 000

Charles Leclerc (Supplied)
Charles Leclerc (Supplied)

Abu Dhabi - Charles Leclerc retained his podium finish in Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after a post-race stewards investigation into a fuel infringement, but his Ferrari team were fined 50 000.

The Monegasque driver finished third behind six-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Red Bull's Dutchman Max Verstappen.

His Ferrari car was checked in the pitlane before the race and found to have infringed the strict fuel regulations. It was reported to race stewards who investigated afterwards.

In a pre-race statement, the sport's ruling body, the International Motoring Federation (FIA) said there was a "significant difference" between the amount of fuel in the car and that declared by Ferrari.

A later statement said: "The stewards determined that the team should be fined 50 000 for its inaccurate declaration."

The outcome of the probe was seen as a lenient sanction for the Italian team after a period during which their cars and performance had been the subject of much scepticism from rivals.

Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix results on Sunday:

1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes-AMG) 1hr 34min 05.715 sec, 2. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull-Honda) at 16.772sec, 3. Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 43.435, 4. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes-AMG) 44.379, 5. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1:04.357, 6. Alexander Albon (THA/Red Bull-Honda) 1:09.205, 7. Sergio Perez (MEX/Racing Point-Mercedes) 1 lap, 8. Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Renault) 1 lap, 9. Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Toro Rosso-Honda) at 1 lap, 10. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/McLaren-Renault) 1 lap, 11. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Renault) 1 lap, 12. Nico Hülkenberg (GER/Renault) 1 lap, 13. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) 1 lap, 14. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas) 1 lap, 15. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas) 1 lap, 16. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA/Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) 1 lap, 17. George Russell (GBR/Williams) 1 lap, 18. Pierre Gasly (FRA/Toro Rosso-Honda) 2 laps, 19. Robert Kubica (POL/Williams) 2 laps

Championship standings:

Drivers

1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 413 pts (champion), 2. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 326, 3. Max Verstappen (NED) 278, 4. Charles Leclerc (MON) 264, 5. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 240, 6. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) 96, 7. Pierre Gasly (FRA) 95, 8. Alexander Albon (THA) 92, 9. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 54, 10. Sergio Perez (MEX) 52, 11. Lando Norris (GBR) 49, 12. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) 43, 13. Daniil Kvyat (RUS) 37, 14. Nico Hülkenberg (GER) 37, 15. Lance Stroll (CAN) 21, 16. Kevin Magnussen (DEN) 20, 17. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) 14, 18. Romain Grosjean (FRA) 8, 19. Robert Kubica (POL) 1

Constructors

1. Mercedes-AMG 739 pts, 2. Ferrari 504, 3. Red Bull-Honda 417, 4. McLaren-Renault 145, 5. Renault 91, 6. Toro Rosso-Honda 85, 7. Racing Point-Mercedes 73, 8. Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 57, 9. Haas 28, 10. Williams 1

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