Alfa Romeo driver hit with four penalties

Zhou Guanyu was handed four speeding fines during the final practice session in Monaco after breaching the pit lane limit.

Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu has experienced a painful weekend in Monaco, having been handed four pit lane speeding penalties during FP3.

The pit lane speed limit was reduced from 80 km/h to 60 km/h after FP1, putting it at the level it should have been from the start of the weekend given the unusual nature of the track.

Zhou wasn’t the only to get caught out by the change, with Mercedes drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, Williams driver Logan Sargeant and AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda all fined for breaches.

In total, all of the breaches combined sees officials walk away with €2700 in fines from the final practice session alone.

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Given the number of drivers impacted, it’s not known whether there will be any attempt to appeal the fines following the changes to the speed limit mid-weekend.

While Zhou topped the time sheet in the early stages of qualifying around the tricky street circuit, the Alfa Romeo driver was eventually knocked out in Q3.

Far off the pace of eventual pole sitter, Zhou recorded a best lap of 1:13:523, putting him in last bar one, with Sergio Perez having suffered a crash in qualifying.

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The Red Bull driver, who took victory last year in Monaco, will begin the race from P20, seeing the title-leaders top and tail the grid, as Verstappen took pole.

The race could be entertaining at the front though, as Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso could be set for an early fight into turn 1, as they look to secure the lead swiftly.

Behind them Ferrari, Alpine and Mercedes all have two drivers in the top ten who will be hoping to capitalise on any mistakes that occur up front.