Racing-Vergne Handed 10-Place Grid Penalty In Spain
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[May 10, 2014]
BARCELONA (Reuters) - French driver
Jean-Eric Vergne was handed a 10-place grid penalty and his Toro Rosso
Formula One team fined 30,000 euros ($41,300) on Friday after the right
rear wheel came off his car during Spanish Grand Prix practice.
Stewards said in a statement that the turn one incident, during
the afternoon session at the Circuit de Catalunya, was considered "a
significant breach of the safety requirements".
They also asked the governing FIA safety delegate to ensure the Toro
Rosso cars complied with the technical regulations before Saturday's
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was handed a similar 10-place penalty at
last month's Bahrain Grand Prix after his car shed a front left
wheel following a pitstop during the March race in Malaysia.
Toro Rosso are seventh in the constructors' standings with eight
points from five races.
Vergne, whose team mate is Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat, has scored
half of the points.
($1 = 0.7269 Euros)
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Tony Jimenez)
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