The Renault Sport Formula One Team has been fined 10,000 euros for a tyre allocation mix up in free practice one for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Nico Hülkenberg used three sets of tyres that Renault had nominated to return at the end of the first practice session, where the German broke down during the morning running.
Following an investigation by the stewards, Renault have found they had mixed two left front tyres from two different sets in the garage, which meant a mixed set of ultrasofts was used in FP1 as the German broke down with an engine related issue.
This meant the tyres were not scanned in the pits by scrutineers, so the error wasn’t spotted until after the session. Renault returned a set of tyres after FP1 as per the rules stated but three of the those tyres were meant to be used for FP2.
The stewards investigated the matter and fined Renault 10,000 euros, which is suspended until the end of the season, for a breach a regulations relating to tyre usage. Should a similar offence happen between now and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the end of November, they will be liable to pay the fine.
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team was also fined 5,000 euros during Friday’s practice for releasing Marcus Ericsson with a loose wheel, which the team will have to pay upfront.
The stewards considered if any further punishment was needed but decided that a fine was appropriate and consistent with similar incidents.