Sunday April 1st, 2001
Dutch driver Jos Verstappen was fined $15,000 on Sunday after colliding with race leader Juan Pablo Montoya at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
"Having heard the competitors' representatives and the drivers' explanations, the stewards decided to impose a fine of $15,000 to the driver of car number 14 (Verstappen) for causing a collision," an official statement said.
Montoya had led for half the race until the collision, which occurred as he tried to lap Verstappen, put him out.
Former world champion Mika Hakkinen was also fined $5,000 for abandoning his McLaren on the starting grid without the steering wheel.
"This action resulted in the marshals having to struggle to re-fit an unfamiliar component and the safety car to be deployed," the International Automobile Federation (FIA) said.