Ferrari has been fined €50,000 for releasing Kimi Raikkonen’s car in an unsafe condition in the pits.
One of the team’s mechanics was injured in the incident, which also led to Raikkonen’s retirement from the race.
“The stewards reviewed the video of the pit stop of Raikkonen at 19:10 and heard from the team representatives,” they noted. “The stewards determined that the car was released unsafely in breach of Art. 28.13 a). The team released the car in a manner endangering team personnel and causing injury.”
Raikkonen was also sent out of the pits with an unsecured wheel during second practice on Friday. Raikkonen said the circumstances of the two incidents were similar.
“I was told to stop because obviously the rear tyre wasn’t on properly,” he said. “It’s pretty similar what happened earlier, on Friday, but obviously we stopped much earlier.”
The mechanic suffered fractures to his leg, according to Ferrari, and was taken to hospital.
“We chose to take one of our mechanics up onto the podium as a mark of respect to our colleague Francesco who was injured during the pit stop,” said team principal Maurizio Arrivabene. “The whole team hopes he recovers quickly.”
Ferrari’s fine is the largest handed down to the team since Williams were fined €60,000 for an unsafe release incident in 2013.
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