Caterham fined after Van der Garde loses wheel

2013 Spanish Grand Prix

Giedo van der Garde, Caterham, Circuit de Cataunya, Barcelona, 2013Caterham have been fined ??10,000 (??8,460) for sending Giedo van der Garde onto the track with a loose wheel.

The team warned Van der Garde his wheel was loose after the pit stop and told him to drive back to the pits. The wheel fell off shortly afterwards.

The stewards took note of this in deciding Caterham’s fine, stating: “The team instructed the driver to drive the car back to the pits even though they were aware of the wheel not being attached correctly.”

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10 comments on Caterham fined after Van der Garde loses wheel

  1. icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 12th May 2013, 16:27

    Keith, No penalty for HUL for ramming into the back of STR??

  2. Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 12th May 2013, 17:35

    Caterham acted dangerously twice: once by failing to ensure that the wheel was properly attached in the pits, and again by instructing van der Garde to drive back to the pits rather than pull over immediately. We see it far too often in F1 that drivers try and get heavily damaged cars back to the pits rather than retiring on the spot, and one day it will end in tears. It should be dealt with much more harshly than it currently is.

  3. TestaRossa (@testarossa) said on 12th May 2013, 21:01

    Giedo warned the team about the wheel through the radio. A shame, he was having a great drive up untill that point.

  4. jh1806 (@jh1806) said on 13th May 2013, 13:27

    I’m so glad Caterham changed the nose on that car. It looks pretty now!

  5. jamie91 said on 13th May 2013, 13:29

    Did RedBull get a penalty in China for the exact same thing with Webber? Probably not…

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