Motor racing-Vergne handed 10-place grid penalty in Spain

BARCELONA Fri May 9, 2014 2:53pm EDT

Toro Rosso Formula One driver Jean-Eric Vergne of France looks on during the first practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir, south of Manama April 4, 2014. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

Toro Rosso Formula One driver Jean-Eric Vergne of France looks on during the first practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir, south of Manama April 4, 2014.

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BARCELONA (Reuters) - French driver Jean-Eric Vergne was handed a 10-place grid penalty and his Toro Rosso Formula One team fined 30,000 euros ($41,300) on Friday after the right rear wheel came off his car during Spanish Grand Prix practice.

Stewards said in a statement that the turn one incident, during the afternoon session at the Circuit de Catalunya, was considered "a significant breach of the safety requirements".

They also asked the governing FIA safety delegate to ensure the Toro Rosso cars complied with the technical regulations before Saturday's third session.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was handed a similar 10-place penalty at last month's Bahrain Grand Prix after his car shed a front left wheel following a pitstop during the March race in Malaysia.

Toro Rosso are seventh in the constructors' standings with eight points from five races.

Vergne, whose team mate is Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat, has scored half of the points.

($1 = 0.7269 Euros)

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Tony Jimenez)

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