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2013-10-26 10:10

WILLIAMS SUFFERS WHEEL WOES: Williams will once again cough up over R800 000 as the FIA imposed a hefty fine. Image: AFP

GREATER NOIDA, India - Williams have been fined the equivalent of R813 000 for the second race in a row after a wheel nut came off Pastor Maldonado's car during practice at the 2013 Indian Grand Prix.

Maldonado was forced to pull off the circuit after his right-front wheel shed a nut during the second free practice at the Buddh International Circuit on Friday. Williams were punished in Suzuka, Japan for a similar offence earlier in October 2013.

SECOND OFFENCE

The FIA said: "The stewards decide that a fine of 60 000 euros (R813 000) is the most appropriate penalty in this case taking into account that this was the second offence, but on this occasion the wheel was retained.

"Whilst the stewards accept that improvements to the wheel retaining system had been implemented, the team need to ensure that both the wheel and its fastener are fully retained on the car."

There was no immediate comment from Williams, who are languishing in ninth place in the constructors championship with just one point.

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