It’s been a less than ideal start to the British Grand Prix for Toro Rosso, with the team being forced to visit the steward’s office after it was discovered that Carlos Sainz’s car was unsafe.

Sainz’s car had “several cut fibres” but a request for it to be changed by the FIA was refused by the team.

A note from the FIA technical department read:

“During initial scrutineering car number 55 was found to have a damaged wheel tether. The scrutineers made the team Scuderia Toro Rosso aware of this and asked the team to replace it.

“The team refused to follow the instructions of the scrutineers and therefore the technical delegate checked the damaged tether himself and found that the tether was not only damaged but also several cut fibres were knotted together.

“Therefore the team was aware of the damaged tether and presented the car in an unsafe condition for scrutineering.”

Toro Rosso has been asked to explain the reasoning behind the team’s ‘bodge job’ fix and they could be severely punished for their actions, with some suggesting Sainz may even be refused permission to race.