Formula E’s Nio 333 hit with fine for Covid safety breach

Team fined €25k for failing to report a positive Covid-19 test.

Formula E’s Nio 333 hit with fine for Covid safety breach

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  • Nio 333 breached article 4.1 and article 6.6 of the FIA's sporting code
  • Stewards concluded that team didn't report case for several hours

Formula E team Nio 333 has been fined €25,000 for failing to immediately report a positive Covid-19 case ahead of this weekend's Valencia double-header.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) stated that the team ‘made no declaration about possible unfit attendees’ straight away.

After investigation, stewards were made award that initial contact regarding the positive case came ‘several hours after’ the team would have been first aware, the FIA confirmed.

Due to this, the team was fined a total of €25,000, €5,000 of which had to be paid by 22nd April. The remaining €20,000 has been suspended as long as the same incident is not repeated.

As Nio 333 failed to report the case straight away, they breached two articles of the FIA’s International Sporting Code.

Article 4.1 says that any ‘material non-compliance with the requirements of this Covid-19 Code must be reported without delay to the Covid-19 delegate’. While article 6.6 says: ‘Prior to each part two event, if any circumstances arise that mean an attendee is not fit to attend the part two event (eg. he/she tests positive for the Covid-19 virus or he/she starts to suffer from any Covid-19 symptoms or he/she has any close contact with anyone suffering from Covid-19 symptoms), the attendee must not declare him/herself fit to attend’.

This is not the first time that there has been a Covid-19 infection in the Formula E paddock, as series co-founder Alejandro Agag and Mahindra team principal Dilbagh Gill previously caught the virus.