Formula 2 driver stripped of licence after TikTok post

Amaury Cordeel is moving to Virtuosi Racing in 2023 to partner Alpine Academy driver Jack Doohan.

Formula 2 driver Amaury Cordeel has been slapped with a six-month driving ban, after being caught travelling at 179km/h in a 50km/h zone in Belgium.

The incident took place near the Belgian driver’s hometown Temse; however, he was only caught as a result of a clip being uploaded onto popular social media site TikTok.

Despite the 2023 Virtuosi Racing driver having only just been banned from driving for six-months, the offence was actually committed two years ago in December 2020.

The case was only heard at the start of the month, with the decision having been made that Cordeel was both guilty and needed to be banned for six-months.

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As well as this, the 20-year-old was fined €3,600, just to cap it all off!

Cordeel’s lawyer tried to argue the case, but clearly it was to no avail.

“There can be no link whatsoever between the video and the fact that my client was driving,” stated Cordeel’s lawyer.

“It was his father’s car, but otherwise there is enough doubt to say that he was not driving.”

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With the F2 driver having lost his licence for six months, some have questioned if racing drivers should require a driving licence, something they don’t currently need to compete.

F2 CEO Bruno Michel does think this is a topic that needs to be discussed with the FIA, with the F2 CEO admitting that the championship must “absolutely” talk to the governing body about it.

“I don’t think there anything specific in our regulations that [says] you need to have a driver’s licence,” he said.

“But that’s probably something that we need to discuss with the FIA as well, and to see how we deal with that. We can’t ignore that fact, for sure. That’s something we will need to absolutely have a word with the FIA and see how we deal with that.”

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On the track, Cordeel endured a woeful season for Van Amersfoort Racing, after ending the year in 17th.

His best result was fifth at the final sprint race of the year at Abu Dhabi; however, his season will be remembered for having been banned from F2’s races at Silverstone, after accumulating 12 penalty points.

He is switching to Virtuosi for 2023, where he’ll be racing alongside Alpine Academy driver Jack Doohan.