McLaren fined for Vandoorne unsafe release in FP1

McLaren are €10,000 poorer after FIA race stewards fined the team for an unsafe release of their driver Stoffel Vandoorne during the first free practice for the Austrian Grand Prix.

During the 90-minute session, the McLaren of Vandoorne was released into the path of Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari as he exited the pits.


“Did you see that? Nearly crashed into the McLaren,” Vettel queried over his team radio.

After the session, officials reported: “The Stewards reviewed the video of the release of car 2 and heard from the driver of car 2 (Stoffel Vandoorne), the driver of car 5 (Sebastian Vettel) and team representatives.”

They added, “The Stewards reviewed the video of the release of car 2 and heard from the driver of car 2 (Stoffel Vandoorne), the driver of car 5 (Sebastian Vettel) and team representatives. The Stewards accordingly determine that the car was released unsafely in breach of Art. 28.13 a).”

At the Chinese Grand Prix Chinese Grand Prix, McLaren were fined €5,000 for sending their car out with a loose wheel.

The stewards on duty at Red Bull Ring this weekend are Garry Connelly, Silvia Bellot, Derek Warwick and Walter Jobst.