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.
“We completed the majority of our programme and did a longer run this afternoon,” Maldonado explained. “The car is performing well and we’re going in the right direction, but tomorrow we will see when we finally get into qualifying.”
“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.