McLaren has been fined $50,000 by the Brazilian Grand Prix stewards for the unsafe release of Heikki Kovalainen, which resulted in the Finn leaving with the fuel hose still attached, triggering a fire in the pitlane.
Kovalainen was also hit with a 25-second penalty by the officials, relegating the Finn from ninth to twelfth.
The controversy did not end there for McLaren after Lewis Hamilton was reportably hit by food, thrown by a section of fans, during a post-race interview with the BBC’s Lee McKenzie.
Unfortunately it would seem that a minority have yet to warm to Hamilton after his heart-breaking championship victory in Interlagos last year. In a Twitter message McKenzie had few kind words for the perputrators:
“Don’t really want to dwell on these idiots but some fans threw some nuts, and food and stuff whilst I interviewed Lewis.”
The race stewards also ruled that no action was needed for the accident between Adrian Sutil and Jarno Trulli on lap one of the Grand Prix. However Trulli was hit with a $10,000 fine for his behaviour towards Sutil immediately after the crash.
Finally the day undoubtably belonged to Jenson Button with tributes pouring in for the new world champion from all sections of the Formula One world.
However the kindest gesture of all was shown by Button’s team-mate, and chief title rival, Rubens Barrichello. The Brazilian is reported to have laid on his own private jet to take Button home on Monday morning, after the Brit’s original schuduled flight suffered technical problems.
Ed: Who says great rivals can’t be friends eh?