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Pit lane speeding fines debated by drivers

Mar 20, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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Autosport has reported that despite Formula 1 drivers paying more for their FIA Super Licenses, they are still being fined for pit lane violations. Allegedly, as a part of the increased fees, additional fines for any infringements would already be included.

During the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber), Adrian Sutil (Force India) and Valtteri Bottas (Williams, right) were all fined for speeding in the pits.

“As the GPDA (Grand Prix Drivers Association), we are currently looking at that in terms of where we are,” Hulkenberg told Autosport. “It is a bit unclear at the moment.”

The GPDA and FIA are expected to discuss the matter in short order to make sure the two sides are on the same page with regards to the Sporting Regulations.

  1. ttnvrl8 - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    What’s the point of including fines in the license fees? You would then expect that the drivers would want to “get their money’s worth” and use up their prepaid fines, right?

    I think pit lane violations should be punished, even though they can often squelch a good race. Crew members deserve any protection they can get.

  2. icemanpjn - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Drivers should be penalized with a stop-and-go if they were found speeding in the pits. That’ll put a stop to it. It’s not worth gaining a second by speeding if you then have to make an extra trip through the pits and sit there twiddling your thumbs as punishment.

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