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Williams fined over wheel issue

25 October 2013

Williams has been hit with a €60,000 fine after Pastor Maldonado's wheel issue during Friday practice for the Indian Grand Prix.

The Venezuelan had just left the pits after a stop when the wheel fastener came away from the front-right wheel, although the wheel itself remained on the car.

However, with the team having been punished in Japan when Maldonado lost a wheel in the first Friday session, stewards took a dim view of the incident and elected to hand out another large fine for a breach of the sporting regulations.

“Examination of the parts concerned revealed that the wheel fastener had been cross threaded, thus not engaging the primary retaining plunger,” an FIA missive read. “This is a breach of Article 23.12 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations as the car was released in an unsafe condition. The secondary retaining plunger failed to keep the wheel fastener in place. This is a breach of Article 14.7 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations.

“The Stewards noted that in this case the wheel had been retained on the car (unlike the similar incident in Suzuka two weeks ago) and that the cross threading of the wheel fastener contributed to the fastener coming off the car. Whilst the Stewards accept that improvements to the wheel retaining system had been implemented the team need to ensure that both the wheel and its fastener are fully retained on the car.

“The Stewards decide that a fine of €60,000 is the most appropriate penalty in this case taking into account this was the second offence, but on this occasion the wheel was retained.”


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