FIA stewards fined Charles Leclerc after the Japan GP with 10 seconds for causing danger as the Ferrari driver raced with a damaged front wing. The article under which the FIA penalized Leclerc, however, did not fit the prescribed penalty that the driver should receive for such an offense.
Following the end of the race, the FIA fined Charles Leclerc with a double penalty. Ferrari driver received 5 penalty seconds for colliding with Max Verstappen and extra 10 because of dangerous driving with a loose endplate.
The FIA referred a 10 seconds penalty to 38.d Article of F1 Sporting Regulations, which prescribes a Stop&GO penalty, if sanctioned in the last three laps or after the end of the race (as in this case), a racer would be penalized with a 30. seconds. That would mean Leclerc would fall to 12 place and run out of points.
Fia fined Leclerc with 10 penalty seconds, which is consistent with article 38. b and not 38. d as indicated by the stewards in the report.
So there are two possibilities: either the FIA cited an incorrect article, or the stewards gave Leclerc a wrong penalty.
— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) October 13, 2019