Heikki Kovalainen gets five-place penalty

Heikki Kovalainen has been given a five-place grid penalty for delaying Mark Webber during qualifying, as was speculated here during the Live Blog.

Kovalainen held up Webber during Q2 although it did not prevent the Red Bull driver from reaching the final part of qualifying.

We are yet to see official confirmation on where Kovalainen will start. He originally qualified sixth, and would ordinarily be moved back to 11th. However as Lewis Hamilton has been relegated from third to 13th, Kovalainen will start tenth as penalties are applied in the order which they are announced.

It makes it the second time this season both McLaren drivers have received grid penalties in the same race. Lewis Hamilton already has a ten-place penalty following his pit lane crash in Canada, and both were penalised at Sepang for slowing other drivers in qualifying.

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20 comments on Heikki Kovalainen gets five-place penalty

  1. i didn’t see it today
    but does it matter?
    Kovi 6th or 11th what’s the difference!?
    he’s grey,not silver!

  2. Martin B said on 21st June 2008, 23:53

    Do drivers get blue flagged during practice to warn them to move over? Maybe better marshalling could eliminate this type of situation.

  3. MacademiaNut said on 22nd June 2008, 1:26

    The current design of the tracks are the root cause of this. A driver on the track, will waste “two laps” of running before a hot lap begins, if he requires a tire change.

    1. From the starting grid, a complete lap and before completing he gets into the pits.
    2. Once you get out of the pits, you waste an entire lap before your hot lap begins.

    This is such an awful waste of running time. I would be in favor of having the start/finish before the pit entry. This way, the drivers once they complete their track will be on the track for very little time. This way, one would lose only one lap if you need a new set of tires.

  4. Terry Fabulous said on 22nd June 2008, 2:51

    I love it Macademia. Great idea

  5. Derek said on 22nd June 2008, 11:27

    Interesting observation from Robert,I thought Kovi should have been further up the grid than he was. I still think Lewis will make it to 4th. The BMW must also be hoping for rain because they were nowhere on this track. That must have been their worst qualifying for over a year. The two Ferraris should romp off to a 1-2, unless it rains!!

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