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

Korean : 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.

Bureau Report