The Williams Martini Racing team has been given a €10,000 fine, suspended until the end of the season, for violating the tyre regulations during the opening practice session of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

All drivers are given an extra set of Prime tyres for the first 30 minutes of the opening practice session at each Grand Prix – following which they must be returned to Pirelli – in a bid to encourage more on-track running on Friday.

However, Felipe Massa was still on track on that set of tyres after the 30-minute mark had elapsed, violating Article 25.4 of the 2015 FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations.

“The competitor admitted the infringement and sought to mitigate,” a statement from the FIA Stewards reads.

“Having considered the facts the stewards accept that the infringement was inadvertent and no advantage was gained as a result. In the circumstances, the stewards decided that a suspended penalty was appropriate for the infringement.”

The officials noted that the team will be forced to pay the fine should it commit a similar infringement at any point over the remainder of the 2015 season.

Image via Williams / LAT

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