Haas fined €5,000 after botched pit-stop
30 July 2017 – Haas has been hit with a fine of €5,000 for releasing Romain Grosjean's car from the pit lane in an unsafe condition during the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Grosjean was forced into an early pit-stop at the Hungaroring due to a loss of pressure in his front-left tyre and, as he switched from Super Softs to Softs, further trouble occurred.
Grosjean's left-rear wheel was not fully fitted as he exited the pits, due to a cross threaded wheel nut, with television replays showing a mechanic signalling the issue.
Haas immediately informed Grosjean of the situation over the radio and he crawled around the circuit before parking his car next to an escape road.
After reviewing the incident, the stewards handed out the aforementioned fine.
"The stewards reviewed the video of the pit-stop of Grosjean at 14:35, heard from the team representatives and determined that the left-rear wheel was not fully fitted at the time Grosjean was released from his stop by the team because the wheel nut cross threaded," read a statement from the stewards.
"The mechanic involved immediately signalled the issue and the team immediately radioed to Grosjean to stop. Grosjean stopped at the first safe location that would not affect the race.
"The secondary retaining devices held and the wheel was never loose.
"Consistent with previous instances where the car stopped and could not be classified, and therefore the mandatory stop and ten second penalty could not be applied where the team took all appropriate actions, the Stewards fined the team €5,000."
Grosjean's team-mate, Kevin Magnussen, was also involved in drama, taking a five-second penalty for forcing Nico Hülkenberg off track as they battled over 11th.
Hülkenberg confronted Magnussen post-race, describing him as "the most unsporting driver" in Formula 1, leading the Dane to respond: "Suck my balls, honey".