Jean-Éric Vergne’s celebrations over achieving back-to-back top-ten qualifying results may have been tempered somewhat overnight, after the Frenchman was relieved of €1,000 after being clocked speeding in the pit lane during qualifying.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver was clocked doing 102.6km/h in the Sepang International Circuit pit lane, over 20km/h above the permitted speed limit of 80km/h.

Pit lane speed limits were reduced to 80km/h at the majority of circuits on the Formula 1 calendar following the injuries suffered by a FOM cameraman inthe Nürburgring pit lane who was struck by a stray flying wheel after Red Bull Racing bungled Mark Webber’s pit stop at the German Grand Prix.

Vergne starts today’s race from ninth on the grid.

Image via XPB Images

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