Following on from the drama earlier in the evening regarding McLaren’s new gearbox, the stewards dealing with the matter in Monza have chosen to fine the team $50,000. The new gearbox that the Woking-based team ran during the Hungarian Grand Prix had not been crash tested, although the McLaren team said they were open with the FIA regarding their planned use of it. McLaren felt that the changes made meant the componant did not need another crash test, but the stewards today have decided otherwise.
It was the view of the FIA that the changes made to the original gearbox were ‘significant’. The view of the Stewards is that the components having been satisfactorily tested indicate that the cars complied with the technical configuration required when they raced in Hungary. Nothing in this decision is to be taken as condoning the practice of retrospective impact testing resulting in the use of untested components but in the particular circumstances of this case no further sanction will be applied. Stewards Press Release.
McLaren could not have their constructor points taken away from them (a practise that is common with this kind of ‘misdemeanor’) as they have already had them deducted following Fernando Alonso’s incident involving Lewis Hamilton in the pitlane in Hungary.
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