The pit-lane at every circuit is divided into two lane
The lane closest to the pit wall is known as the ‘fast lane’, whilst the
lane closest to the garages is the ‘inner lane’.
allocates garages and an area in the ‘inner lane’ where the teams may
work, and within each space is one position - or pit box - where pit
stops may be carried out during practice sessions, qualifying and the
Apart from drying or sweeping, teams are forbidden from
improving the grip of their pit-stop position. Personnel are only
allowed in the pit lane immediately before the stop and must withdraw to
their garages as soon as their work is complete. It is also the team's
responsibility to release a car from its stop only when it is safe to do
During practice, refuelling is only permitted in a team’s
garage. The driver may remain in the car, but the engine must be
stopped. All personnel working on the car must wear protective
fire-resistant clothing and an assistant carrying a suitable fire
extinguisher must be beside the car during refuelling.
free to alter their cars’ fuel loads at will during practice and
qualifying, but since 2010 refuelling has been forbidden during races.