Fernando Alonso’s disappointing final weekend for the Renault team was compounded by a pit lane speeding penalty, handed out by race stewards five minutes before the start of the Abu Dhabi GP yesterday. The Spaniard was judged to have driven too quickly down the speed-limited lane before the start of the race.
With cars leaving the pits approximately 20 minutes before the start of the Grand Prix in order to complete a reconnaissance lap before lining up on the grid, the Renault driver exceeded the 100km/h limit and was recorded travelling at 111.2km/h.
As a consequence, the FIA stewards issued a fine of €2,400 for a breach of Article 30.12 of the Sporting Regulations. With each kilometre exceeded generating a fine of €200, the FIA added another €200 to account for the extra 0.2km.