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Aston Martin hit with a fine after Vettel qualifying incident

Sebastian Vettel has triggered a second fine of the Australian Grand Prix weekend for speeding in the pit lane in qualifying.

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Stewards at the Australian Grand Prix have handed a fine to Aston Martin after Sebastian Vettel broke the pit lane speed limit during Saturday's qualifying session.

Vettel had looked set to miss the qualifying hour after he crashed heavily in final practice, but a red flag - signalled for a clash between teammate Lance Stroll and Williams' Nicholas Latifi - gave the German late hope amid frantic car repairs.

Following the delay, the session restarted with just over two minutes on the clock and Vettel emerged from the pits to get a lap in, albeit one that only put him 18th out of the 20 runners – ahead of the sidelined Latifi and Stroll.

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In his qualifying dash, Vettel broke the 80 km/h pit lane speed limit at Albert Park by 5.1 km/h and Aston Martin have subsequently been given a €600 fine.

It adds to a €5,000 fine that Vettel himself received on Friday, having ridden a scooter on track to get back to the pits after his Aston Martin suffered an engine-related stoppage.

Meanwhile, Red Bull's Sergio Perez is under investigation for allegedly failing to slow sufficiently for yellow flags early in Q2, when Mercedes rival George Russell ran straight on at Turn 11.

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