Williams fined over wheel issue

Williams fined over wheel issue
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Williams are fined €60,000 (£51,000) for a front wheel fastener coming off during the second practice session for the Indian Grand Prix.

Williams have been fined €60,000 (£51,000) for a front wheel fastener coming off one of their cars during the second free practice for the Indian Grand Prix.

The incident, which occurred when Pastor Maldonado was taking part in the practice session, is the second time in recent weeks that Williams have been penalised for losing a wheel, having also suffered the same fate at the Japanese Grand Prix.

"The stewards noted that in this case the wheel had been retained on the car (unlike the similar incident in Suzuka two weeks ago) and that the cross threading of the wheel fastener contributed to the fastener coming off the car," read an FIA statement.

"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.

"The stewards decide that a fine of €60,000 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."

Williams are currently struggling in the constructors' championship, sitting in ninth place with just one point to their name.

William's Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado sits in the pits during the first practice session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2013
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