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Oct 11

F1: Stewards Hit Williams Team With Massive Fine

Pastor Maldonado drives during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

drives during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Williams has been fined €60,000 (approximately $81,300) by the FIA Stewards for failing to properly secure the left rear wheel that became detached from Pastor Maldonado’s car during first practice in Japan.

The stewards noted that “this is regarded as a serious safety issue” and have paid extra attention to the securing of wheels since Mark Webber’s incident in Germany.

The wheel fell off at Turn 13 on the Venezuelan’s third consecutive fast lap, and bounced harmlessly into a gravel trap as the car spun around.

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Aug 21

Williams Is A Great F1 Team, Says Symonds

Pastor Maldonado drives the Williams F1 car. (Photo: Getty Images)

drives the car. (Photo: Getty Images)

Having left his previous job at Marussia, started work as chief technical officer of Williams earlier this week, and the former Benetton/Renault man now faces the difficult task of helping to turn the team around as heads into the new turbo era – one that will see a new partnership forged with Mercedes. Here’s an insightful Q&A with Symonds issued by the team on Aug. 21.

Q: You have recently been appointed chief technical officer of the Williams Team. What does this new challenge entail?

“Firstly, I think it’s a great team. The facilities are top class, we have a huge number of talented people and yet the results on the track are not a reflection of the quality we have. So I think my challenge is to analyze why this is happening, make the changes that are needed to empower the people and really get the focus in one direction: performance.”

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