Jean-Eric Vergne was found to have used his first set of prime tyres after the first half hour of the first practice session had elapsed. Vergne returned to the pits with the tyres on his car less than one minute after the half-hour mark.
The stewards fined Toro Rosso €10,000 (£7,980) but suspended the punishment and will only impose it if the team commit a similar infraction in future.
“The competitor admitted the infringement and sought to mitigate,” noted the stewards. “Having considered the facts the stewards accept 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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