Formula 1 drivers are no longer being fined for pitlane speeding offenses, after the FIA agreed to a change of procedure.
The Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) had raised concerns earlier this year that drivers were still being punished for breaking the pitlane speed limit, which appeared to be in breach of an agreement made with the FIA. As part of accepting a major hike in the cost of an F1 superlicense for 2013, F1 drivers were told they would not be fined for offenses in the future.
However, the situation proved complicated with F1's Sporting Regulations making it mandatory that drivers be fined $200 for every kilometer per hour they are over the speed limit. The FIA agreed to look in to the matter, and a compromise deal has been reached whereby teams are now fined instead of the drivers for pitlane offenses.
Furthermore, the scale of the fines has been adjusted. For every kilometer per hour over the limit, teams will be given a $100 fine instead, with a maximum limit of $1000 imposed.
The new structure has been in place since the Bahrain Grand Prix and it explains why Lotus was fined $1000 for Kimi Raikkonen doing 93.2kph in the pitlane during second practice in Spain, whereas Valtteri Bottas earned the biggest driver fine of the season so far with a $2800 penalty for doing 73.8kph in practice one in Australia.