Nine drivers have been handed time penalties after the European Grand Prix.
All the drivers investigated for the speed behind the safety car received five-second penalties: Jenson Button, Nico Hülkenberg, Rubens Barrichello, Robert Kubica, Vitaly Petrov, Adrian Sutil, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Sebastien Buemi and Pedro de la Rosa.
Timo Glock also got a 20 second penalty for ignoring blue flags.
The penalties promote Fernando Alonso ahead of Buemi and Nico Rosberg claims the final point instead of Pedro de la Rosa.
Update: the stewards explained the punishments as follows:
The Stewards received a report from the Race Director regarding [the cars] failing to stay above the minimum time set by the FIA ECU when the Safety Car was deployed,
The Stewards met with the [drivers and team representatives], considered the evidence and decided that this was a breach of Article 40.7 of the 2010 Formula One Sporting Regulations.
Article 40.7 of the sporting regulations says:
All competing cars must then reduce speed and form up in line behind the safety car no more than ten car lengths apart. In order to ensure that drivers reduce speed sufficiently, from the time at which the “SAFETY CAR DEPLOYED” message is shown on the timing monitors until the time that each car crosses the first safety car line for the first time, drivers must stay above the minimum time set by the FIA ECU.
Nico Rosberg escaped a penalty for a similar infringement in the Japanese Grand Prix last year when the stewards decided he had not been able to see the target lap time.
Here is the revised finishing order of the race:
|1||5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull|
|6||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India|
|9||16||Sebastien Buemi||Toro Rosso|
|12||22||Pedro de la Rosa||Sauber|
|13||17||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso|
|16||15||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Force India|
|17||25||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin|
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