Vergne handed British GP penalty and fine

Sunday 24th June 2012, 17:49 by Ryan Wood 

Toro Rosso, Getty Images

Jean-Eric Vergne has been handed a ten-place grid penalty for the British Grand Prix after causing a collision with Heikki Kovalainen.

The Toro Rosso driver had almost passed the Caterham of Kovalainen during the European GP, but before he was fully clear he widly veered to the right clipping the Caterham's front-wing.

That left himself with a right-rear puncture and Kovalainen with a left-front puncture and also resulted in a safety car for the extensive debris left strewn across the circuit.

Vergne was also handed a €25,000 (£20,000) fine.

Explaining the incident, the Frenchman described it as a racing incident.

"I felt I was ahead and as I started to turn into the corner, we collided and his front wing clipped my rear wheel and there was too much damage to the floor and it was impossible to change the damaged rear wheel so there was no way for me to continue," he said, before adding: "I think it was just a racing incident."

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