Williams given fine for wheel incident
11 October 2013 – Williams has been fined 60,000 euros (50,973 pounds) after Pastor Maldonado's left-rear wheel came loose during opening practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.
Maldonado was forced to pull off the circuit shortly after rounding the Spoon Curve, where a wheel on his Williams came off and bounced into the gravel. The team has since met with the stewards, who described the drama as a "serious safety issue".
"Examination of the parts concerned revealed that the wheel fastener had not been
completely fastened, thus not engaging the first retaining plunger," read a statement from the stewards. "This is a breach of Article 23.12 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations. The secondary retaining plunger failed to keep the wheel in place.
"This is a breach of Article 14.7 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations. This is regarded as a serious safety issue. The team has assured the stewards that the appropriate measures will be immediately implemented to ensure compliance."
All teams have been using double wheel retention systems since the Singapore Grand Prix, in the wake of Mark Webber's pit lane incident at the Nürburgring.