Toro Rosso handed suspended fine for tyre error
20 June 2014 – Toro Rosso has been handed a suspended €10,000 fine for running a set of tyres outside of the permitted window during the opening practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix.
In order to produce more track action in the first session, the current regulations permit drivers to use an extra set of Prime tyres which can only be used during the opening 30 minutes of running.
Jean-Éric Vergne was deemed to have returned to the pits a few seconds after the half-hour window elapsed during first practice at the Red Bull Ring.
"The competitor admitted the infringement and sought to mitigate," read an FIA statement. "Having considered the facts the stewards accept that the infringement was inadvertent and no advantage was gained as a result.
"In the circumstances, the stewards decided that a suspended penalty was appropriate for the infringement."
The €10,000 fine is suspended for the rest of the season, so long as there is no repeat of the error.