McLaren broke the curfew last night ahead of opening practice for this Sunday's 2013 F1 Spanish Grand Prix.
Teams are allowed to break the curfew twice during a season and the Woking-based outfit has now used one of its 'jokers', with mechanics using the extra time to fit the new upgrades to the troublesome MP4-28.
“Last night team personnel of the Vodafone McLaren
Mercedes team, who are associated with the operation of the car, were within the confines of the circuit during the eight hour period which commenced at 23:00 on 09 May, eleven hours before the scheduled start time of P1 and ends three hours before the scheduled start time of P1 at 07:00 on 10 May,” the FIA confirmed.
“This was the first of the two individual exceptions permitted for the Vodafone McLaren
Mercedes team during the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship season and therefore no action should be taken.”