Ostberg fined for swearing tirade in WRC Rally Sardinia interview

WRC2 driver Mads Ostberg has been fined €1000 and has a suspended 25 championship points penalty for using abusive language during a live television interview at Rally Sardinia.

Ostberg fined for swearing tirade in WRC Rally Sardinia interview

The Norwegian made an extraordinary outburst during a live television interview at the end of Stage 18 after he had suffered a front left puncture that robbed him of the class lead.

As he crossed the finish of the stage cameras cut to an onboard of Ostberg shouting and banging his hands on the steering wheel in frustration.

A television reporter then interviewed the Citroen driver who launched into an extraordinary tirade.

“I’m so f****** annoyed all the things happening all of the time,” said an angry Ostberg, who went on to finish the rally sixth overall and second in WRC2.

“These f****** s*** tyres - I touch absolutely nothing [and] straight away I have a puncture. F****** hell, I’m so f****** tired.”

The FIA has since investigated these comments, which breach the FIA International Sporting Code and FIA WRC Sporting Regulations.

A stewards report has since confirmed that Ostberg has been fined €1000 for his actions and faces the “withdrawal of 25 championship points.”

The report read: “A fine of €1000. Withdrawal of 25 championship points for the driver Mads Ostberg in the 2021 WRC2 Championship for Drivers.

Mads Østberg, Torstein Eriksen, TRT World Rally Team Citroen C3 Rally2

Mads Østberg, Torstein Eriksen, TRT World Rally Team Citroen C3 Rally2

Photo by: McKlein / Motorsport Images

“This penalty is applied with suspension of sentence, the suspension to be revoked should the driver commit a further breach of a similar nature (abusive language in an interview) during an event of the 2021 WRC season.

“During the end of stage interview at the stop control of SS18, Mads Ostberg repeatedly used swear words in a short period of time.

“While the stewards understand that in the heat of the moment, especially after having suffered problems during a special stage, it can be difficult to control emotions, drivers should always have a decent level of control of their words in a live TV interview.

“The use of swear words is considered unsporting behaviour. It damages the image of motorsport in general and contravenes the values defended by the FIA.

“All drivers in an FIA World Championship event should be aware that they are setting an example.”

Autosport contacted Pirelli over Ostberg’s tyre comments, but the manufacturer declined to comment.

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