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Jean-Eric Vergne given 10-place grid penalty for Spanish GP

Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne has been given a 10-place grid penalty for Spanish Grand Prix following his right wheels came loose during second practice session. Also the Toro Rosso Formula 1 team fined 30,000 euros ($41,300).

The Stewards, having received a report from the Race Director, heard from the team representatives, examined video evidence and inspected the relevant parts of the car, have considered the following matter, determine a breach of the regulations has been committed by the competitor named below and impose the penalty referred to.


No / Driver: 25 ­ Jean­Eric Vergne
Competitor: Scuderia Toro Rosso
Time: 15:25
Session: Practice 2
Fact: The right rear wheel came off at Turn 1 after the car was released from its pit stop.
Offence: reach of Article 23.12 (b) of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and Article 14.7 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and Technical Directive TD/017­13.
Decision: A drop of 10 grid positions The competitor (Scuderia Toro Rosso) is also fined €30,000.
Reason: This is regarded as a serious offence and the Stewards are of the opinion that this was a significant breach of the safety requirements. The Stewards request the FIA Technical Delegate to satisfy himself as to the compliance of the two Toro Rosso cars with Article 14.7 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations and Technical Directive TD/0173 prior to their further participation in the Event.
The FIA Technical Delegate is also requested to examine all other cars in the Event to confirm compliance with Article 14.7 and TD/017­13.

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