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Vergne given 10 place grid penalty

The Frenchman was handed the penalty after losing his right rear tyre in FP2. The team have also been fined.
Friday, May 9, 2014

BARCELONA, 9th May 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Jean-Eric Vergne has been handed a 10 place grid drop after losing his right rear tyre during FP2.

Toro Rosso have been fined €30,000 for the incident which saw the right rear tyre come off the car at Turn 1 after he’d left the pits.

“This is regarded as a serious offence and the Stewards are of the opinion that this was a significant breach of the safety requirements.” A statement from the stewards read.

“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 the Technical Directive TD/017-13 prior to their further participation in the Event.”

Article 14.7 says that ‘All cars, whilst under their own power, must be fitted with devices which will retain the wheel fastener in the event of it coming loose.’.

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