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Red Bull Racing And Force India Fined For Unsafe Pit Stops At German GP

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Red Bull Racing and Force India have both been given fines for unsafe pit stops during the German Grand Prix.

The Formula 1 powers that be handed RBR a 30,000 Euro fine for a stop during which the left rear tire of the car of Mark Webber detached and went bouncing down pit lane. The tire struck a British FOM camera man, Paul Allen, who remained conscious after the incident and was transported to a nearby hospital for observation after treatment at the Nurburgring medical clinic.

The mistake cost Webber, who will retire from Formula One at the end of the season, a hefty amount of points as the Aussie felt he could have gotten a win in Germany. Post-race he said that he felt like the team “missed a very big chance to challenge for the win” because of the error. Webber finished the race in P7.

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Force India’s fine was a much lighter 5,000 Euros, which they incurred for releasing Paul di Resta into the path of Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso. Di Resta finished in P11 while his team mate Adrian Sutil came home P13, thus breaking an impressive points streak for Force India. Prior to the German GP the team had three straight finishes with both drivers scoring points and five straight with at least one driver in the points. Force India has made significant strides in 2013 towards becoming more of a threat in the points and currently sit fifth in the constructor’s championship with 59 points, putting them 10 points ahead of struggling F1 blue-blood McLaren Mercedes.

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