Toro Rosso fined by Chinese stewards

Date published: April 18 2011

Toro Rosso were slapped with a 10000 Euro fine after a wheel came of Jaime Alguersuari’s STR6 during Sunday’s Chinese GP…

Toro Rosso were slapped with a 10000 Euro fine after a wheel came of Jaime Alguersuari’s STR6 during Sunday’s Chinese GP.

Starting P7 on the grid, the Spaniard dropped down the order, prompting his team to bring him in for an early stop.

However, it all came to naught when the right rear wheel came off Alguersuari’s car on his out-lap.

And although he tried to nurse the car back to the pits, he eventually had to park it on the side of the track.

Toro Rosso were subsequently fined €10000 by the Chinese GP stewards for breaching sporting regulations with the unsafe release of the car.

“We brought Jaime in fairly early to have him running a three stop strategy,” said chief engineer Laurent Mekies.

“But we had to retire the car soon after the pit stop as we lost a wheel. At the moment, we are examining the exact cause of this incident.”