The race stewards for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza have handed Ferrari a €10,000 fine after the team allowed a driver out on track after the session was over in a somewhat bizarre incident during the first free practice session today.
Towards the end of the session, Fernando Alonso aimed to complete a practice start at the end of the pit lane. The Spaniard was stationary and in position, with teammate Felipe Massa coming down the pit lane in the final few seconds of the session. However, as Massa approached the end of the pit lane, the green light turned red, forbidding drivers from exiting the pits. Despite braking hard and only narrowly missing his teammate, Massa crossed the white line marking the pit exit, thus ‘exiting the pits’ (albeit by a tiny margin), and warranting a fine.
After the session, the stewards release a statement explaining their decision:
“The driver made every attempt to stop when seeing the red light, however the team made an error in releasing the car with insufficient time remaining in the session. No sporting advantage was gained.”
Besides this incident, Ferrari enjoyed a good day at Monza, with Fernando Alonso running strongly in both practice sessions as he bids to win the Italian Grand Prix for a third time this weekend.