Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014

Lost wheel earns Vergne a ten-place penalty

2014 Spanish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Jean-Eric Vergne will be moved back ten places on the grid after a wheel came off his car during practice.

Toro Rosso have also been fined €30,000 (£24,500) for the incident in which the right-rear wheel came off Vergne’s car during the second practice session.

“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 ruled.

“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.”

Toro Rosso’s head of vehicle performance Laurent Mekies 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.”

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