(Frederic Le Floc'h DPPI for Renault Sport F1)
The Austrian Grand Prix race officials have given Toro Rosso a suspended €10,000 fine following today's track action at the Red Bull Ring following a breach of the tyre regulations by the team in the opening Free Practice session this morning.
This season, team's are allowed to run an extra set of Pirelli tyre's in the opening half hour of the Free Practice One. The set then must be handed back to the FIA following the 30 minute time period. However, following an investigation by the stewards, they found that the Italia team failed to return to tyre's on Jean Eric Vernge's car in the allotted time period and as a result the team were handed the penalty.
The fine will stand for a year but will only be imposed if the team repeat the offence again this season. The FIA statement announcing the decision said:
'The competitor admitted the infringement and sought to mitigate, Having considered the facts the stewards accept that the infringement was inadvertent and no advantage was gained as a result.
The statement concluded:
'In the circumstances, the stewards decided that a suspended penalty was appropriate for the infringement.'
© Ben Johnston 2014