Williams reprimanded, fined over tyre breach
20 October 2017 – Williams has been handed a reprimand and a suspended fine for breaching tyre regulations during the opening practice session for the United States Grand Prix.
Formula 1 drivers must hand back a nominated set of tyres after the opening 40 minutes of the first practice session, but Williams narrowly missed the cut-off with Felipe Massa on Friday morning.
It was deemed that Massa used the allocated tyres three seconds after the 40 minutes expired, and stewards have handed Williams a reprimand and a €10,000 fine, suspended for 12 months.
However, stewards opted to suspend the fine due to the offence occurring just three seconds after the stipulated cut-off.
It is the second time Williams has transgressed in this department in 2017, after a mix-up over the timings, caused by red flags, at the Belgian Grand Prix.