Toro Rosso in hot water over Sainz’s unsafe car

Toro Rosso Formula 1 were summoned to British Grand Prix stewards on Thursday for attempting to enter Carlos Sainz’s car in an unsafe condition.

The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement that the Spaniard’s car was found to have a damaged wheel tether (pictured above) in pre-event scrutineering: “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.”

Earlier in an an official bulletin, with regards to Sainz’s car, the stewards reported an “Alleged breach of Article 3.3 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and Article 12.1.1.b of the FIA International Sporting Code, in an attempt to enter in a competition a car in an unsafe condition.”