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Haas hit with fine after Esteban Gutierrez wheel loss

  • Published on 03 Oct 2016 09:54
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

Haas F1 team have been fined $6,500 after Esteban Gutierrez lost a wheel during the Malaysia Grand Prix.

The Mexican was deemed to be released unsafely from his third pit stop before a mechanical failure caused his left-front wheel to detach.

"Having reviewed the audio from the car, the available data and spoken to the driver and team concerned, the stewards were satisfied that the driver Gutierrez did not know that he was driving the car in an unsafe condition. It appears a mechanical failure led to the wheel being able to be tightly fitted to the car while not actually attached correctly," read a report from the stewards.

"An additional failure occurred in Turn 1 under braking, but the wheel was still retained in an abnormal way until it appears that the failure of the rim blew the wheel past the retention devices. Having spoken with the technical delegate, the stewards were satisfied that the retention devices operated within their required design limits," it continued. "However, as some function of the design, part failure of fitting allowed the wheel to come loose on the track, which is considered a serious safety issue, the stewards determined that this led to the car being released in an unsafe condition."

Gutierrez was cleared without punishment.

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