MP Motorsport, a Formula Regional team, has been given a suspended fine by the FIA stewards after a team member posted inappropriate emojis in the championship’s official WhatsApp group. The incident occurred during Saturday’s first race of the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine (FRECA), when MP Motorsport driver Sami Meguetounif was pushed into the gravel after contact with Joshua Dufek of Van Amersfoort Racing at Les Combes. The stewards determined that the contact was a racing incident and that neither driver was entirely at fault. However, when the stewards posted their decision in the WhatsApp group, a member of MP Motorsport expressed their displeasure through the use of emojis. Initially, a poo emoji was posted and then replaced with a clown emoji, both of which were later deleted. The stewards did not find this behavior amusing and decided to remove the team member from the notice board group and impose a suspended 2,000 euro fine on MP Motorsport. The stewards justified their decision by stating that the emojis were disrespectful of the decision made and constituted a breach of the FIA International Sporting Code. The fine will remain suspended until the end of the 2023 FRECA season, unless there is a repeat offense. While the incident involving the use of emojis may be considered unusual, it is not uncommon for WhatsApp groups in various racing championships, including Formula 1, to lead to similar controversies.