Austrian GP: Toro Rosso gets suspended fine for Vergne tyre error
|By Jonathan Noble||Friday, June 20th 2014, 17:18 GMT|
The Toro Rosso Formula 1 team has been given a suspended 10,000 Euro fine for running a set of extra tyres outside the permitted window in Austrian Grand Prix practice.
From this season, F1 drivers have been handed a set of extra prime tyres that can only be used in the first 30 minutes of opening practice.
Jean-Eric Vergne was deemed to have returned to the pits just a few seconds after the cut-off point on Friday morning, which is in breach of the regulations.
After Toro Rosso explained what happened to the stewards, the FIA elected to impose a 10,000 Euro fine - which will be suspended for the rest of the year as long as there is no repeat offence.
A statement issued by the FIA said: "The competitor admitted the infringement and sought to mitigate.
"Having considered the facts the stewards accepted that the infringement was inadvertent and no advantage was gained as a result.
"In the circumstances, the stewards decided that a suspended penalty was appropriate for the infringement."