Button, Barrichello, Alonso, Sutil and Buemi get five-place grid penalties

Both Brawns and three others have bene moved down the grid

Both Brawns and three others have bene moved down the grid

Five drivers have been been moved down the grid for the Japanese Grand Prix.

They are Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello, Adrian Sutil, Sebastien Buemi and Fernando Alonso.

However because of the large number of drivers that got penalties, some of them will not lose a full five places. See the Japanese Grand Prix grid.

All of the drivers except Buemi were penalised for failing to slow down sufficiently after Buemi left debris at the exit of Spoon curve during Q2.

Buemi, meanwhile, was punished for driving his broken car back to the pits instead of stopping on the track.

Japanese Grand Prix

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150 comments on Button, Barrichello, Alonso, Sutil and Buemi get five-place grid penalties

  1. Question, since I was very sleepy during the Quali;
    Did any of the drivers who were on their flying lap manage to finish their laps and not be penalized?

  2. Prisoner Monkeys said on 3rd October 2009, 12:33

    New qualifying rules for 2010: spin a chocolate wheel.

  3. Hey guys i have a question, is a rule existing that limits the distance between the different starting spots like from p1 to p3 etc.
    Sometimes it seemed that the gaps would be slightly different from track to track but i thought that can’t be true as it would be a stupid advantage/disadvantage for any driver related to last/next race.

    Thanks in advance

  4. Right decision with the penalties.

  5. now all of sudden FERNANDO is playing STEWARD ALONSO?what kind of attitude this guy has, he’s witch hunting to benefit and make up grid places! well looky what happened, he also got penalize. i can’t wait for his debut with ferrari and throw his weight around, antagonize the team and make his way back to renault.i have so much respect for his talent, but as a person?i don’t think so. he acts as if it’s his birth right to have everybody listen and follow his every single wish!

    • S Hughes said on 3rd October 2009, 13:29

      He’s a piece of work isn’t he?

      I observed Domenicali’s reaction to the BBC question of how did Massa react when he found out that Teflonso was his new teammate. Domenicali just said that Massa was concentrating on getting better for next year. That said it all!

      • DanThorn said on 3rd October 2009, 14:56

        It said that Felipe isn’t happy to be having one of the best (if not THE best) driver on the grid and a very strong team leader alongside him…He’ll have to really up his game to keep up with Alonso – Ok so Kimi is quicker than Massa too, but Alonso is a lot more consistant and motivated than Kimi is. He’s hardly going to be overjoyed about it is he?

    • Adrian said on 3rd October 2009, 18:21

      Who’s to say that Renault post-Flav would take Teflonso back?

    • nick_jp said on 3rd October 2009, 18:22

      … and if you don’t obey him, he’s gonna crack you as he does with walnuts:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMieRlRLzPw

      :P

  6. antizyklon said on 3rd October 2009, 12:46

    According to some spanish press, Alonso was penalised for going too slow ***?

  7. I’m Alonso fan, I like his character, never give up: today he was slow but he cleverly gave an impression that he slowed down and was demanding penalties to others..Next year with Felipe they will perfect pair, two crying babies at same team

  8. Gagan said on 3rd October 2009, 13:11

    Hey, Alonso was right in whatever he did. He slowed down and dint even complete his flying lap. Button, Barichelo, Sutil , they all did.
    This explains tht Alonso knows about every damn small rule in F1. He didnt notice the yellow flag immed. otherwise he would have slowed doen instantly. He is gonna kick everybody’s butt around next year., Wait and watch

    • every driver in my opinion knows every rule, it’s mr alonso’s attitude at the end of quali that ticked me off, or should i say most people.look, he’a a great champion, very talented and all but his attitude is somewhat spotty. why didn’t he just let the stewards do their job, you NEVER tell somebody how to do his job

      • Bigbadderboom said on 3rd October 2009, 20:55

        Professional racing drivers with absolute perfect support, these guys all know the rules backwards, it’s just convinient to leave us guessing.

    • Patrickl said on 3rd October 2009, 20:53

      Alsono should know to pay attention to yellow flags:

      See his 2003 Interlagos crash:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NULV1Xu9gRg

      • TommyB said on 3rd October 2009, 21:04

        I really don’t get this. So they all get five place penalties… but not really.

        Give them all 5 places then bump everyone else who didn’t commit the crime. I can’t believe the Brawns have only dropped a couple of places… They also got into Q3 because of the yellow flag incident.. Stupid stewards ruining the racing again

  9. S Hughes said on 3rd October 2009, 13:24

    What’s funny is that Teflonso was the one whining to the stewards about the others not lifting off under yellow flags and yet he was one of the culprits. Good luck for next year, Massa and Maranello.

  10. Dennis said on 3rd October 2009, 13:41

    Why do I even watch qualification anymore? The system cleary doesn’t work. It’s very counterintuitive that the person sometimes not driving the fastest lap is still on pole and if one session lasts for 20 minutes, 15 of them are unnecessary. Vettel was obviously the quickest out there today though. Btw for the people doubting his speed: Vettel is the only one who made it to Q3 in every Qualifying session, chew on that. Anyway, even if the qualifying system works, the FIA always has rules so the starting grid will change about 4 hours after watching. It’s annoying! I’m not saying the’re wrong here because it was kind of dangerous but it’s not clear who did what. This greatly benefits Raikkonen and Heidfeld. Also it’s great for Vettel, if he wins and Button scores 0 it’s only 15 points with 2 races to go!

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd October 2009, 17:31

      It’s very counterintuitive that the person sometimes not driving the fastest lap is still on pole.

      Won’t be a problem next year when they get rid of refuelling.

      Vettel was obviously the quickest out there today though. Btw for the people doubting his speed: Vettel is the only one who made it to Q3 in every Qualifying session, chew on that.

      No-one had said anything about Vettel’s speed, who are you taking to?

  11. Never seen so many grid penalties for one race.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd October 2009, 17:32

      Must be pushing some kind of record. There were over 20 in one F3 race this year though, all for going to fast through a yellow flag zone.

      • Bigbadderboom said on 3rd October 2009, 20:59

        We critisize stewards for delayed or innacurate decisions, but they must be commended today as they absolutley made the right call. But the cynics will say it’s only because it benefits the season.

  12. ianhaycox said on 3rd October 2009, 14:02

    I think the penalties are deserved, just like Jacques Villeneuve in ’97.

    What intrigues me is why those penalised did not slow down. If they had slowed or even stayed in the garage they would have better off than now. I can only imagine they thought they would not be penalised or the stewards would be too weak to penalised everyone. Seems bizarre for world class drivers to driver full speed through an accident zone.

    Certainly be setting the alarm tomorrow.

  13. wasiF1 said on 3rd October 2009, 14:13

    If they finish as the grid position (I know that is not ever possible) the championship will go to the last round.

  14. sato113 said on 3rd October 2009, 14:21

    hasn’t KOV got a grid penalty for changing his gearbox? autosport says so. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/79191

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