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Austrian GP: Toro Rosso gets suspended fine for Vergne tyre error

Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Austrian GP 2014

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."

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