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2013 Indian GP: Williams hits a huge penalty for unsafe wheel fix

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formula-1-grand-prix-japan-japanese-suzuka-pastor-maldonado-williams_3017243Williams has been fined 60,000 Euro for a front wheel fall off Pastor Maldonado’s car during second free practice for the Indian Grand Prix.

Maldonado was forced to stop his machine a side of the circuit at Turn 14 following the wheel nut worked its way loose following a ‘racing’ pitstop during second practice.

Williams were forced to change the design of their wheel-nut and wheel-retention system after the Japanese GP where Maldonado lost his left-rear tyre at Spoon corner and the team were hit with a 60,000 euro fine. However, unlike on that occasion, in India the wheel did stay attached to the FW35 despite the nut flying off across the track.

A statement issued by the FIA said: “The stewards noted that in this case the wheel had been retained on the car (unlike the similar incident in Suzuka two weeks ago) and that the cross threading of the wheel fastener contributed to the fastener coming off the car.

“Whilst the stewards accept that improvements to the wheel retaining system had been implemented, the team need to ensure that both the wheel and its fastener are fully retained on the car.

“The stewards decide that a fine of 60,000 Euro is the most appropriate penalty in this case taking into account that this was the second offence, but on this occasion the wheel was retained.”

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