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Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton among drivers slapped with hefty fines by F1 bosses

Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are among six F1 drivers to have collected fines upwards of €10,000 (£8,000) this season for breaking FIA rules.

Vettel, who has announced that he will be retiring from the sport at the end of the season, has picked up the most costly penalties according to data from Casumo. The 35-year-old has racked up €35,900 (£30,000) worth of fines so far this season.

Vettel was notably fined €25,000 (£21,000) for leaving a drivers' meeting at the Austrian Grand Prix "without permission and 'expressing frustration'".

He was also fined €5,000 (£4,000) for "taking a scooter onto the Albert Park circuit following the conclusion of Free Practice 1" ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz has been fined a total of €25,000 (£21,000) this year, while Red Bull's Sergio Perez has picked up €10,600 (£9,000) worth of fines. Hamilton and Verstappen, meanwhile, have both been fined €10,000 (£8,000), along with Daniel Ricciardo, Charles Leclerc and Zhou Guanyu.

Leclerc, Verstappen and Hamilton's fines were due to breaches of parc ferme instructions following the Austrian Grand Prix, where they were the top-three finishers.

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton have both been hit with hefty fines this season (Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

However, they were penalised after the trio's "driver assistants were judged to have entered parc ferme 'in violation of the procedure that was published prior to the race'".

In terms of penalties and warnings, AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda and Williams driver Alex Albon have received the most with eight. Guanyu and Vettel are second on the list with seven, while Pierre Gasly, Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll have received six.

Verstappen is currently top of the F1 driver standings with 258 points and eight race wins and the Dutchman looks set to win his second world championship, having opened up an 80 point lead over Leclerc in second place.

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