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

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  1. ronmon said on 4th October 2009, 2:30

    This site should be renamed ihatefernandoalonso.com

    I’ll miss the insightful things that you publish, but the mindless anti-Alonso stuff has become too much to bear. Bookmark deleted.

    Bye.

    • Martin said on 4th October 2009, 2:43

      see ya

      • Johnson said on 4th October 2009, 4:43

        I’m with ronmon.

        He’s not the only one — from what I see many others are also frustrated by the Alonso-bashing.

        I personally am sick of it too. Don’t know what you can do about it Keith, but unless a sense of perspective is introduced, this is going to turn a lot of F1 fans off.

        Over and out.

  2. stren said on 4th October 2009, 3:17

    why did Barichello lose only one grid position ? I don’t get it.

  3. While this was a crazy quali & we’ll probably never see anything like it again, perhaps the rules should be changed to allow the session to start again from the top after red flagged, if cars have not already set a time. Six minutes to go just doesn’t allow for out lap & hot lap, if somethin unforseen happens.

  4. kitty said on 4th October 2009, 3:42

    In the scenario that if they did slow down with the yellow flag and the qualifying time was up…but some of the cars did’nt even complete one lap in q3, what happens then? what times will they count? i think this is what forced the 4 drivers to continue even when the yellow flag was out..because there was no time left for q3 and they had not put in a good lap or no lap till then..can anyone pls clarify..i am new to f1

  5. Florida Mike said on 4th October 2009, 4:52

    Was it a “yellow flag zone” or was it a “full course yellow”. The drivers would go through the “zone” at different times (allowing sequential penelties) but would have commited the “full course” violation simultaniously.

    And what do the rules realy say about a driver’s reponsibilities under a yellow flag? If it’s just “be aware of potential hazards and don’t pass” then maybe there was no real foul.

  6. I’m with ronmon.
    He’s not the only one — from what I see many others are also frustrated by the Alonso-bashing.
    I personally am sick of it too. Don’t know what you can do about it Keith, but unless a sense of perspective is introduced, this is going to turn a lot of F1 fans off.
    Over and out.

  7. As a few have said some hadn’t posted a time in Q2, def brawn cars, the fact that they ended up in the top 10 of the grid means the punishment didn’t act as a deterrent to driving dangerously. A clever team boss like Ross would know that, remember Schumacher serving a stop and go after the finishing line. On another subject Massa, complained he was robbed by Renault, conveniently forgetting being handed a victory at Belgium and also that the fuel rig problems could still have happened (Coulthard had a similar issue but was aware enough to stop in time) and also Massa ran in to the tyre wall on his own later in the race!

  8. In this case, they improved their chances as they should have been 14 and 15, but they start higher than that. Looks like a winner to me by speeding under yellow flag.

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