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Stewards summon Toro Rosso over "unsafe car"

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13/07/2017

Toro Rosso is in hot water with the Silverstone stewards having been summoned for an alleged breach of Article 12.1.1.b of the Sporting Code, which deems it is an offence to enter a car which is known to ineligible to race.

The move follows scrutineering earlier today when a request was made to the Faenza team to replace a damaged wheel tether on Carlos Sainz' car, with which the team refused to comply.

A subsequent note from the FIA technical department stated: "During initial scrutineering car number 55 was found to have a damaged wheel tether. The scrutineers made the team Scuderia Toro Rosso aware of this and asked the team to replace it.

"The team refused to follow the instructions of the scrutineers and therefore the technical delegate checked the damaged tether himself and found that the tether was not only damaged but also several cut fibres were knotted together.

"Therefore the team was aware of the damaged tether and presented the car in an unsafe condition for scrutineering."

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1. Posted by sportlaw, 14/07/2017 7:43

"The Authority over the Event in F1 as with all FIA Permitted Events lies with the Stewards. Technical Officials must report facts 'upstream' and the consideration of those facts by the Stewards then gives rise to Decisions that must be implemented whether action or inaction.

Apart from the frighteningly bizarre (alleged) fact of knotting broken wheel tether cord strands together, it is an extremely serious allegation for any Entrant to face, aggravated by F1 being in the public eye. To be accused of deliberately presenting to scrutineering a car known to not conform (clearly with the intention that it will pass) may be said to reflect on the bona fides and integrity of that team. That would place the offence, if conviction follows, at the most serious end of the scale.

Potential penalties include Disqualification from the Event as well as meaningful fines and of course referral further upstream to the FIA Tribunal.

So unless the actions of TR are a stalking or Trojan Horse of some sort (reasons to walk away Part 3), this matter is an 'iceberg' whichever way one looks at it."

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2. Posted by The stogie, 13/07/2017 23:10

"Why is it that every time I hear 'the stewards have summoned whomever' that I immediately think of Club Racing? And in this case the inspectors should be shown the door. They should have INSISTED that the car be presented for additional scrutineering BEFORE being allowed onto the track. They have all the power in that respect."

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3. Posted by F One, 13/07/2017 19:26

"Throw them out of the race. Black flag."

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