Penalty point for Vergne after track limits breach
21 July 2014 – Toro Rosso driver Jean-Éric Vergne has been given a penalty point on his licence following the German Grand Prix.
Vergne was battling with Romain Grosjean when he put all four wheels off the track at Turn 6 and got ahead. He then failed to give the position back and was punished with a five-second stop-go penalty.
After the race, however, the stewards decided this was not enough and gave him a penalty point. Any driver reaching 12 points during a season is hit with a one-race ban.
Vergne went on to finish the race in 13th and felt the stop-go penalty had cost him the chance to get into the top-10 and score.
"I was having a good race until the moment in which I had to make a five second stop-and-go penalty during my second pit stop, which compromised any possibility of scoring points," he said.
"After it, I came back to the track on the option tyres, which are very fragile in traffic conditions. Very soon my front left was too damaged and I was forced to stop again for prime tyres to finish the race.
"I think points were possible here, the race was looking great so it's been a real shame."