Lewis Hamilton has avoided punishment for using too many wet weather tyres during Friday's opening free practice session for the season ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

The points leader, along with Honda's Jenson Button and Super Aguri's Takuma Sato, was called before the race stewards following the second Friday session for breaching Article 25.3 of the sporting regulations - which state that no driver may use more then one set of wet or extreme wet tyres during the practice sessions.

All three drivers escaped punishment although their respective team were handed a fine of 15,000 Euros and were also forced to return one set of part-worn wet tyres to ensure that they don't gain an unfair advantage should the tyres be needed during the remainder of the weekend.

"To avoid the possibility that any of the three teams or their drivers could derive any benefit during the remainder of the event from having available to them part-worn wet tyres, each team will forthwith voluntarily surrender those tyres to the FIA technical assistant," the race stewards said.

McLaren team boss Ron Dennis admitted that a mistake had been made during the session but said that there has been no benefit from an 'unfortunate error'.

"A hundred percent team mistake," he said. "Lewis did an installation lap on one set of wet tyres and we just put on another set. It was one hundred percent our fault, nothing to do with Lewis. He only did an in and an out lap.

"It wasn't as if there was any advantage but it clearly was a breach of a rule, as two other people made the same mistake. It's up to the stewards to decide if and what is the appropriate penalty. We're trying so hard, maybe there's a little too much tension in the team but it was a silly mistake. But hopefully it won't cost anything other than the team some problems.

"Take some World Championship Constructors' points away - oh, they've already done that!"

 

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