Pit-lane procedures

What the sporting regulations say:

  • The pit lane at every circuit is divided into two lanes. The lane closest to the pit wall is known as the ‘fast lane’, whilst the lane closest to the garages is the ‘inner lane’.
  • The FIA allocate garages and an area in the pit lane to the teams on a strictly equal basis.
  • Within these designated garage areas is one position – or pit box – where pit stops may be carried out during practice sessions, qualifying and the race.
  • Apart from drying or sweeping, or by laying tyre rubber when cars leave, teams are forbidden from improving the grip of their pit-stop position.
  • Personnel are only allowed in the pit lane immediately before a pit stop and must withdraw to their garages as soon as their work is complete.
  • No powered device may be used to lift any part of a car in the pit lane during a race.
  • It is the team’s responsibility to release a car from its stop only when it is safe to do so.
  • For safety reasons there is a pit-lane speed limit of 80km/h at all Grands Prix, though this is often reduced at circuits like Monaco because of track configuration.
  • Any team whose driver exceeds the pit-lane speed limit during any practice session will be fined €100 for each km/h above the limit, up to a maximum of €1000. Speeding in the pit lane during the race will incur a time or driver-through penalty.