The stewards in Austria have handed Toro Rosso a suspended fine after the Italian team used a set of specially allocated practice tyres outside of the mandated time window.
Since the start of 2014, Pirelli has supplied each team with a set of extra prime tyres to be specifically used within the first 30 minutes of opening practice.
The idea was proposed last year to encourage teams to run in the usually quiet opening 30 minute phase of free practice one on a Friday morning.
The one stipulation of the extra set of tyres is that they may only be used within that 30 minute period, and then returned.
However, on Friday morning Jean-Eric Vergne, who was tenth fastest in opening practice, was found to have returned back to the pits late, an infringement for which the Frenchman’s Toro Rosso team has been slapped with a €100,000 suspended fine.
“The competitor admitted the infringement and sought to mitigate,” reads a short statement released by the FIA.
“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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