Vergne keeps point but team fined for ‘unsafe release’

2013 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Sepang, 2013Jean-Eric Vergne has not lost his tenth place in the Malaysian Grand Prix after his collision with Charles Pic in the pits.

Vergne was released from the pits by his team while Pic was arriving in the box in front and the pair made contact.

The stewards fined Toro Rosso ??10,000 (??8,530) for the incident but imposed no further penalty on the driver.

“We had a poor release from Jev?s pit stop and he collided with a Caterham which cost us a lot of time, as we had to pull him back for a new nose,” said team principal Franz Tost.

“The Stewards have fined us for a dangerous release from a pit stop and we agree with their decision.”

Vergne scored his first point of the year with tenth place.

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