Formula 1 returnee Adrian Sutil was forced to pay a visit to the FIA Stewards’ office after today’s qualifying session at the Australian Grand Prix for a rather unusual reason: for driving too slowly…
The German was hit with a reprimand by the event’s stewards – which included former Grand Prix driver Danny Sullivan on its panel – for driving too slowly down pit entry.
The officials ruled that his actions were in breach of Article 30.13 of the F1 Sporting Regulations, describing his driving as “unnecessarily slow … in a manner that was potentially dangerous to other drivers who were approaching the pit lane at high speed”.
Conversely, his team-mate Paul di Resta was also summoned for speeding in the pit lane – a more appropriate offence for a Formula 1 driver – and slapped with a €1,000 (AU$1,255) fine for exceeding the pit lane’s 60km/h speed limit by 4.7km/h.
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