Both Force India
and Red Bull
have been handed financial penalties for the respective 'unsafe releases' that occurred during the German Grand Prix.
The Silverstone-based team was fined €5000 for releasing Paul di Resta into the path of Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne, forcing the Frenchman to break hard on his way into his first pit-stop of the race.
While there was no damage done in that incident, the second resulted in an errant wheel from Mark Webber's RB9 striking a cameraman standing, with his back to the action, further down pit-lane. Fortunately, the FOM employee received comparatively minor injuries, but Red Bull, after some deliberation from the stewards, was slapped with a €30,000 penalty for allowing its driver to leave without all four wheels attached.
By way of comparison, RBR's fine falls some way short of those handed to both Mercedes, in 2010, and Ferrari
a year earlier, when both teams had to fork out $50,000 – around €38,000 at current exchange rates – for similar incidents.