Fernando Alonso has escaped exclusion from qualifying for the British Grand Prix after the stewards handed McLaren a reprimand for fitting one of Jenson Button’s tires to the Spaniard’s car.
McLaren teammates Alonso and Button struggled once again on Saturday at Silverstone, limping to P17 and P18 on the grid for tomorrow’s race.
After the session, it emerged that McLaren had accidentally fitted one of Button’s tires to Alonso’s car in Q1, prompting the stewards to launch an investigation.
“Car 14 [Alonso] used a tire allocated to car 22 [Button] in qualifying,” a brief statement from the stewards read, before calling for a team member to report to their office at 4pm local time.
However, McLaren escaped any severe penalty, with the stewards confirming a little over one hour later that the team had been reprimanded for the incident.
“The team admitted the wrong tire had been fitted onto car 14 due to a communication error,” a subsequent statement read, confirming the reprimand.
Although it was only a reprimand for McLaren, it did little to improve the team’s fortunes as it once again limped to a poor qualifying result.
The British team has endured its worst ever start to a Formula 1 season due to a variety of problems with both the MP4-30 car and, most crucially, its Honda power unit.
The British Grand Prix is live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.