Renault and Mercedes fined for pit-stop errors 01 Aug 2010
The Renault and Mercedes GP teams have each been fined $50,000 by the FIA for pit-stop mistakes during Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.
Renault's Robert Kubica was unsafely released from his stop into the path of Force Indias Adrian Sutil. Kubica and Sutil collided as a result and Sutil was forced to retire immediately. Kubica continued and was handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty before also retiring with accident damage.
Mercedes GP were punished for the unsafe release of Nico Rosberg after his stop. The right-rear wheel on Rosbergs car came off as he started down the pit lane and only stopped after hitting Williams mechanic Nigel Hope in the back. Hope fortunately escaped serious injury and Mercedes are investigating the cause of the incident.