Ferrari given fine for pit lane incident
6 September 2013 – Ferrari has been fined 10,000 euros (8,423 pounds) after Felipe Massa crossed the pit exit line under a red light during this morning's first practice session at Monza.
The incident, which breached article 31.3 of the sporting regulations, was triggered when the Brazilian locked up behind team-mate Fernando Alonso and slid over the line just after the red light had come on, with the pair trying to make practice starts.
Massa subsequently told race engineer Rob Smedley over the team radio: "The light was red so I braked and I stopped after the line. I don't know if it's OK or not."
After viewing available footage and assessing telemetry data, the stewarding panel – led by Danny Sullivan – decided a fine was the most suitable form of punishment.
A report issued by the stewards reads: "The driver made every attempt to stop when seeing the right light, however the team made an error in releasing the car with insufficient time remaining in the session. No sporting advantage was gained."