The drive-through penalty is a penalty punishment for a driver or crew for in-race offenses, which means that the driver has to leave the pit lane at a decreased pace before rejoining the pit lane. Drivers will be punished in some instances for crimes such as early start, pit lane pace, collision, unjust obstruction, or ignorance of flags of both colors.

The drive-through penalty means that the driver must pass the flag, drive through it and leave without slowing. For minor offenses, such as curb hopping at chicanes, ignoring yellow flags and cuts, and drive-through, fines are usually enforced. Since the driver is not required to brake and pit for a driving violation, it is less expensive for a rider than a stop-off.

The race is subject to a penalty applied by authorities. A competitor is directed to drive into the pit lane and proceed at a significantly small pace if the pit lanes are essentially narrowed in speed to shield the pit crew and the marshals, thereby losing considerable track position. The driver must not pause somewhere in the well while he serves his drive-through penalty.


Drivers that have breached the rules during the race are punished. There is a driving penalty, a penalty, and a time penalty in the penalty levied during the race. It sets out the purpose of each punishment and each penalty execution protocol. The penalty board is seen at the pre-determined observatory near the control line if the penalty is applied. The car number and “D” board written on it will appear for the drive-through penalty. The car number board and “P” in it are shown for the penalty break.

A driver has two laps after his team learns about the punishment for the drive-through penalty and the stop-go penalty, and the driver will get a black-flagged blow if the driver does not reach the pit in 2 laps. The exception is where a safety car is deployed before the punishment of a driver, in which case the driver cannot serve his penalty until after the safety car returns. If the pilot faces liability for the last five-lap, the pilot does not have to pit at all; instead, the average running time for a weakness for a drive will be increased by twenty seconds and for a stop-go penalty of thirty seconds.