Max Verstappen has been hit with a pre-qualifying punishment by the FIA after it was determined that he was speeding while in the pitlane, with the world champion being fined €500 (£430).
The Red Bull driver drove at 84.8 km/h in the pitlane during the second practice session for the Italian Grand Prix, which is 4.8 km/h over the FIA-mandated speed limit.
The FIA cited Article 34.7 of the sporting regulations to explain its decision, writing in its official statement: “The competitor (Oracle Red Bull Racing) is fined €500.
“Car 1 exceeded the pit lane speed limit which is set at 80 km/h for this event by 4.8 km/h.
“Competitors are reminded that they have the right to appeal certain decisions of the Stewards, in accordance with Article 15 of the FIA International Sporting Code and Chapter 4 of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules, within the applicable time limits.”
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