Charles Pic and Marussia engineer get community service penalty for overtaking under red flags

Pic first to be hit with F1 community service rap for overtaking under red flags



13:49 GMT, 22 September 2012

Marussia's Charles Pic has become the first driver in Formula One history to be handed a 'community service' penalty.

Pic overtook under red flags in the closing stages of final practice for the Singapore Grand Prix after Vitaly Petrov ran into a barrier in his Caterham.

After reviewing video evidence it was noted 22-year-old Frenchman Pic passed four sets of red lights or flags before making his pass.

Penalty: Pic

Penalty: Pic

Pic will have 20 seconds added to his race time at the conclusion of the night event at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

But in a unique step, the stewards have also ordered him and his race engineer to perform a day of community service for the FIA's Action for Road Safety campaign at the instruction of president Jean Todt.