October 22, 2010 / 10:44 AM / 9 years ago

Motor racing-HRT F1 team fined $5,000 for tyre warmer blunder

YEONGAM, South Korea, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The cash-strapped HRT Formula One team were fined $5,000 at the inaugural South Korean Grand Prix on Friday after they managed the unusual feat of releasing a car with the tyre warmer still attached.

Also reprimanding the team, stewards said in a statement that two team personnel had breached the sporting regulations by entering the pit exit to recover the warmer shed by Japanese driver Sakon Yamamoto’s car.

Yamamoto’s involvement in the afternoon practice session was subsequently cut short when he spun, brushed the wall and stalled.

The team did not mention either incident in their post-practice report, with Yamamoto preferring instead to highlight that he had managed to use both tyre compounds in preparation for Sunday’s race. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by John O’Brien; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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