MELBOURNE: Brazilian CART champion Cristiano da Matta collected US$4,500 in fines within the space of 15 minutes on his first Formula One outing at the Australian Grand Prix circuit yesterday.
Stewards fined the new Toyota driver US$2,500 for breaking the pit lane speed limit 47 minutes into the season's first practice session and US$2,000 when he repeated the offence 15 minutes later.
Da Matta, 29, is one of four new drivers in Formula One this season and had never before driven at Melbourne's Albert Park. – Reuters
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