Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll punished for practice infringement

Henry Valantine
Lewis Hamilton ahead of Fernando Alonso. Austria June 2023.

Lewis Hamilton comes out of Turn 4 ahead of Fernando Alonso during practice. Austria June 2023.

Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll have all been fined for pit lane speeding in FP1 for the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes and Aston Martin drivers were all found to be going over the 80kph speed limit at different times in the session, with Friday’s practice session being the only chance for the drivers to get their eye in before qualifying later on Friday afternoon.

Stroll was clocked at 81.3kph and was fined €200 for doing so, Hamilton was fined €100 for going 80.2kph and Alonso will have to pay €100 for going 80.9kph in the pit lane.

The speed limit in the pit lane is extremely strictly enforced in Formula 1 to protect the safety of those who work within it, with team members often out servicing the cars in their pit boxes while other cars go in the fast lane.

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Hamilton went fourth fastest overall in free practice, having led much of it on hard tyres before the drivers switched to softs for qualifying simulations.

The Aston Martin pair took part in most of the session on medium tyres, with Stroll going sixth fastest and Alonso taking eighth as preparations continue for qualifying, which will set the grid for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

A reminder that this weekend in Austria is the second sprint weekend of the season, with Saturday being a standalone day for sprint running.

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