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Ferrari given fine for Raikkonen pit stop

Ferrari have been given a fine for the unsafe release of Kimi Raikkonen in Austin, which ultimately meant the retirement of the former World Champion.

The team were given a €5000 fine for releasing Kimi Raikkonen, despite the right rear wheel not being attached. By the time it has been communicated to the Finn he had already left the pitlane as was halfway up the hill to the first corner, where he stopped and rolled backwards into the pitlane after turning his engine off.

A notification from the stewards confirmed the penalty, “The competitor (Scuderia Ferrari) is fined €5,000.”

“The car was released before all the mechanics had finished fitting all wheels correctly, as the car was not classified a fine is imposed.”

Kimi Raikkonen had managed to just stay with the Red Bull drivers, before he was put on a three stop strategy and dropped back.

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Ashley Quint

Ashley founded the Purple Sector website back in 2012, later renamed to SpeedMajor which now covers both Formula 1 and Formula E. As well as writing on Formula 1, Ashley also works within the world of luxury travel and was a finalist in the Aspire Travel Trade Writer of the Year competition in 2013.

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