Cape Town - McLaren are now the third team this season to be fined by
the FIA for an unsafe release after a pit stop.
In the latter stages of FP2 in Shanghai, Stoffel Vandoorne
re-emerged from the pit lane with a loose right rear tyre and the Belgian was
forced to bring the car to a halt.
The safety of pit stops has been a major talking point so
far this season, with Haas involved in a double botched stop in Australia and
Ferrari engineer Francesco Cigarini breaking his leg in Bahrain when Kimi
Raikkonen was wrongly released.
Now McLaren are next under the spotlight, and have been
fined €5 000.
“The stewards reviewed the video and audio of the pit stop
of Car 2 and heard from the team representative,” read a report.
“The stewards determined that the car was released in an
unsafe condition as the wheel was not properly attached to the car when
“The driver stopped the car in safe manner as soon as the
above became apparent to him.
“Consistent with previous decisions of a similar nature, the
stewards decided that the grid place penalty mentioned [in the regulations]
would not be applied as the driver took all appropriate actions at the first