Vergne hit with grid penalty for unsafe release

Vergne hit with grid penalty for unsafe release

Jean-Eric Vergne has been handed a 10-place grid penalty after his car lost a wheel during second practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.0929LB1D5270

The Toro Rosso team were also fined €30,000 (£24,500) for the incident, which saw the Frenchman’s right-rear wheel come off at the first corner towards the end of the session.

A statement released by the stewards said: “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/017­13 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.”

Laurent Mekies, the Faenza-based outfit’s head of vehicle performance, said: “Unfortunately we had an issue with Jev’s pit stop at the end of his long run, when we lost a wheel as soon as he left the pit lane, but luckily no one was injured.”

“We have to understand exactly what went wrong and make sure we can correct that for tomorrow.”

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic

Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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