Alpine is fined 10,000 euros for a pit stop blunder

Formula 1 stewards fined Renault-owned Alpine 10,000 euros on Sunday after a failed pit stop at the Chinese Grand Prix left a mechanic on the ground.

Pierre Gasly was given the green light to leave the pit box before the right rear tire was properly mounted, when a team member accidentally clicked a button to release the car.

The French driver was stopped before leaving the pit box, with a mechanic falling backwards in the chaos, but the rest of the race was able to continue.

Stewards said Gasly had made no mistake and that the team was fully responsible.

Alpine has not yet scored a point in five races and is penultimate in the constructors’ championship. Gasly finished 13th on Sunday and teammate Esteban Ocon, driving an upgraded car, 11th.

“Fortunately no one was injured and we will investigate the reasons to prevent such incidents in the future,” said team principal Bruno Famin.