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2013-10-11 14:56

AN R800 000 MISTAKE: Pastor Maldonado’s William’s F1 car is lifted off the track. A unfastened wheel cost the team R800 000. Image: AP

SUZUKA, Japan - Williams was fined the equivalent of R800 000 after a wheel came off Pastor Maldonado's car during practice ahead of the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix.

Formula 1 stewards said that the incident, in which the rear left wheel bounced across the track, was regarded as a serious safety issue.


F1 stewards said: "Examination of the parts concerned revealed that the wheel fastener had not been completely fastened, thus not engaging the first retaining plunger.

"The secondary retaining plunger failed to keep the wheel in place."

F1 introduced a secondary retainer mechanism after a television cameraman was hit by a wheel that came off Mark Webber's Red Bull during the 2013 German Grand Prix and bounced down the pit lane.

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