Renault has been given a suspended fine of €10,000 after accidentally fitting two front left tyres to Nico Hulkenberg’s car in first practice.
The team discovered its mistake in second practice when the remaining three tyres from one set were fitted to Hulkenberg’s car. The stewards took this into account when handing down a suspended fine, which will only have to be paid if the team commits another violation of the tyre rules before the end of the season.
The stewards heard from the team representative, the FIA’s technical assistant responsible for tyres, and examined tyre scan data. The team mixed two left front tyres from two different sets in their garage. As a result, a mixed set was used in FP1. As the car stopped on circuit during the session, the tyres were not scanned back into the pits by the scrutineers. This prevented the error from being discovered in FP1. That first set was returned electronically after FP1. However three of the tyres that were registered in the first set were actually in the second set, which was then used in FP2. The team then realized their error, and reported this to the scrutineer as these were scanned.
As all the tyres were of the same ultra soft specification; no extra tyres were used in either session; the correct number of tyres were returned after FP1, if not the correct tyres; there was no advantaged gained; and because the team reported the error themselves; the Stewards took these matter in mitigation and issued a fine of €10,000 which is suspended for the remainder of the season.
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