Charles Pic is at risk of a ten-place grid penalty before the end of the season, after earning his second official reprimand of the season from the FIA Stewards.
The Frenchman failed to acknowledge a red light from the FIA officials to stop at the weighbridge during Friday’s second practice session, a breach of Article 26 of the series’ Sporting Regulations.
“The driver failed to proceed to the FIA garage for weighing when signalled to do so,” a statement from the FIA reads.
“He admitted having seen the red light and that the official pointed to him. However, he claimed that he believed the light was for the car behind him.”
A reprimand is a relatively light penalty in contrast to previous penalties such an offence carried. Up until the early 1990s, drivers could be automatically disqualified for missing a weighbridge check.
Pic needs one more reprimand before the end of the season and he will become the year’s second – after Mark Webber – to be slapped with a ten-place grid penalty at the following Grand Prix should he commit reprimand-worthy offence before the year is out.
Under the series’ penalty system, a driver will earn an automatic ten-place grid penalty if they cop three official reprimands in a season, although two of those instances must specifically be for ‘driving’ offences.
Pic’s first reprimand came after practice at the Belgian Grand Prix, where he was found to have rejoined the circuit in a dangerous manner.
Pic is one of ten drivers to have been hit with official reprimands this season, although only he and Webber have earned more than one to-date. Also on the list of ‘bad boys’ are Fernando Alonso, Jules Bianchi, Valtteri Bottas, Romain Grosjean, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Rosberg and Adrian Sutil.