Red Bull have been fined €30,000 for their unsafe release in the early stages of the Grand Prix.
Mark Webber was in a battle with team-mate Sebastian Vettel when he made his first pit stop. However, a problem with the rear right tyre saw the mechanics struggling to take the wheel from the car. They put the new Pirelli on, after several seconds, but Webber was given the green light before it was attached and he drove off.His loose tyre shot across the pitlane, missed the Lotus mechanics, hit a wheel gun, launched into the air and struck an FOM cameraman on the back of the head. It was a very heavy blow but luckily, the cameraman was later reported to be alright – although he was given a concussion by the flying Pirelli. Red Bull wheeled Webber back to the pit box, attached a new wheel and sent him on his way – albeit now lapped and 80 seconds down on the next man – Marussia’s Max Chilton. He later finished seventh.
Force India were also penalised for an unsafe release at around the same stage in the race.
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