By Alex Kapadia
Formula One team Force India has been fined after commiting its second tyres blunder in less than a week.
The team landed the 5000 Euro fine for using a set of tyres on Paul di Resta’s car in first practice that were not supposed to be used before Saturday.
The race stewards found that Force India had been in breach of Article 25.4 of Formula 1’s sporting regulations when it used a set of prime tyres that should only have been run from Saturday morning’s final practice session.
Article 25.4 states: “Each nominated driver will be allocated three sets of dry-weather tyres for use during P1 and P2, two of “prime” specification and one of “option” specification. These are the only dry-weather tyres which may be used during these sessions.”
The tyre mix-up comes less than a week after Force India was reprimanded at the German Grand Prix for accidentally fitting the wrong tyres to Vitantonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil’s cars during an early pit stop.