Marcus Ericsson and Sergio Pérez have earned the dubious honour of being the first drivers of the 2015 Formula 1 season to be fined by the FIA, after both were caught speeding in the pit lane during Friday’s second practice session.

After the Sauber team elected to sit out the opening practice session while its lawyers were thrashing out a contempt of court defence in the Giedo van der Garde lawsuit, Ericsson’s C34 was just minutes into its first on-track outing of the Grand Prix when he was clocked doing 62.7km/h in the pit lane.

Marcus Ericsson, Sauber Ferrari C34 - 2015 Australian Grand Prix

Five minutes later, Force India’s Pérez was detected by the radar guns doing 63.3km/h, exceeding the pit lane’s 60km/h speed limit and in violation of Article 30.12 of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations.

Ericsson (pictured above) was hit with a €300 fine, while Pérez (pictured top) had a €400 bill issued to him; both fines will be picked up by their respective teams.

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