Yuki Tsunoda has been given an official warning, and his AlphaTauri team fined, after the driver exceeded the pit lane speed limit during practice in Monaco today.
However the stewards also took the rare step of issuing a warning to Tsunoda. They did this after discovering he failed to activate his pit lane speed limiter when he headed to his garage with suspected damage during the session.
“Car 22 exceeded the pit lane speed limit which is set at 60 kph for this event by 16.2 kph,” the stewards noted. “The car was entering the pits having struck the barrier at turn 11 [chicane] and the stewards were concerned that speeding in a pit lane by over 16 kph when there was unknown damage to the car was potentially dangerous.
“The driver acknowledged that he failed to engage the pit speed limiter and understood the potential of the situation. The stewards issued a warning in addition to the mandated fine.”
Last year Tsunoda became the first driver to collect a 10-place grid penalty as a result of receiving five reprimands over the course of the season. However warnings do not lead to any larger penalties as they are accumulated.
George Russell was also found to have broken the speed limit during practice today, by just 0.2kph. Mercedes were fined €100 (£86).
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