Belgian Formula 2 driver, Amaury Cordeel, has been found guilty of speeding in his hometown of Temse. He committed the offence in December 2020 but has only found guilty now.
Cordeel was caught after he posted a video on his TikTok, showcasing just how fast he was going in a 50km/h zone – 129km/h above the speed limit. He has been fined €3,600 and has had his license suspended for six months.
The Belgian driver has denied that he was behind the wheel, telling the court, “I couldn’t possibly have driven, because I didn’t have a driver’s license at all at the time.”
Cordeel had used this excuse in his previous speeding case when he did 185km/h on a public highway and nothing came of it.
This time, the court found that Cordeel had bought a driver’s licence for €450 on the internet, which he failed to tell the court.
Cordeel’s lawyer insisted that there was not enough evidence to prove that Cordeel was behind the wheel: “There can be no link whatsoever between the video and the fact that my client was driving. It was his father’s car, but otherwise there is enough doubt to say that he was not driving.”
The court disagreed and found Cordeel guilty.
It isn’t clear how this will affect Cordeel’s 2023 plans in Formula 2, if it will at all.
Formula 2 CEO, Bruno Michel, told Motorsport.com, “It’s probably something that will have to be discussed with the FIA, to see how to deal with it and whether to do anything special. We can’t ignore that fact, that’s for sure. I can’t really answer your question, but it’s something we definitely need to discuss with the FIA, to see how to handle it.”
Cordeel is expected to race at Virtuosi Racing alongside Jack Doohan in 2023.