Maldonado fined for pit lane speeding
16 March 2012 – Williams and Pastor Maldonado have been sanctioned with a fine of 400 euros (£330) after the Venezuelan was caught speeding in the Albert Park pit lane on Friday.
On a day of mixed weather, with both practice sessions starting in damp conditions, the Venezuelan ended up in 17th place, two positions ahead of new team-mate Bruno Senna. However, the true pace of every car still remains to be seen.
“The conditions today cut our running a little, but it was the same for everybody,” Senna added. “This afternoon we completed some simulations to gain a greater understanding of what the car is doing - we are still learning. In terms of pace, we will see what we can achieve tomorrow.”
In testing, Williams’ Achilles’ heel was low-speed corners – an area in which the Grove team is still working. Maldonado’s fine will be submitted to the FIA.