Sebastián Saavedra has been fined $10,000 and placed on probation until next month’s Indianapolis 500 after being found guilty of a full-course caution violation during last weekend’s crash-hit Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The KV/AFS Racing driver qualified second-slowest for the Californian street race, but managed to pick his way through a number of incidents to finish the high-attrition race in ninth place, marking the third top-ten finish of his career.
However, it was the Colombian’s driving during the near-blockage of the circuit on Lap 54 that had officials fuming. A multi-car pile-up was triggered by Ryan Hunter-Reay trying a wildly optimistic pass on Josef Newgarden at Turn 4, and Saavedra was found to have been “over driving the accident”, according to the stewards, who ruled that he had failed to sufficiently yield to the Holmatro safety vehicles and personnel on the track who were trying to clear up the wrecked cars.
Saavedra was duly hit with the fine and probation warning, meaning that a further rules breach before the Indy 500 could result in a further fine or even a race ban.
It’s not the first time that the 23-year-old has had a major dent in his wallet. Last year he was fined $30,000 for flipping the bird at officials after the Detroit Grand Prix.
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