Ten drivers get penalties, Alonso and Rosberg gain extra points (Updated)

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 H???lkenberg, 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:

Pos. # Driver Team
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren
3 1 Jenson Button McLaren
4 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams
5 11 Robert Kubica Renault
6 14 Adrian Sutil Force India
7 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber
8 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
9 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso
10 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
11 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari
12 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber
13 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso
14 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault
15 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes
16 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India
17 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin
18 24 Timo Glock Virgin
19 20 Karun Chandhok HRT
20 21 Bruno Senna HRT
21 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus

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151 comments on Ten drivers get penalties, Alonso and Rosberg gain extra points (Updated)

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  1. At least we have technology to use after the race unlike in football where a goal doesn’t count simply because some muppet didn’t see it. ;)

    It’s almost like – if I didn’t see it, it didn’t happen.

  2. PeterG said on 28th June 2010, 14:09

    First Timo Glock should have had a black flag. 20 second penalty after all the damage he has done is not even close.

    For the safety car rule, if you ar more then ten car lengths behind and you drive too fast to catch up, you get a penalty for driving too fast AND you get a penalty for more then 10 car lengths?

  3. PeterG said on 28th June 2010, 14:10

    SC rule number 1: Never, ever go pit under SC.
    Specially when we have the current tire rules.

  4. WarfieldF1 said on 28th June 2010, 15:28

    Not sure where they were speeding, dont know how much they gained but assume someoine does and that was how the penalty was awarded.
    Hamiltons mistsake looked like a mistake to me, but having said that if he has strayed behind then Alonso would still have been 10th, ……so Fernandos big issue is not that he was 10th, it was that Hamilton was 2nd……………………………………..the real issue to get annoyed with is that “luck” denied some of the front runners, namely the Ferraris. ………..time to look across the pond and see how the yanks do safety cars!! Just close the pit as soon as the SC flag comes out, we cannot have people running out of fuel anymore as everybody has enough.

  5. Rhys Coles said on 28th June 2010, 22:56

    16.3 The stewards may impose any one of three penalties on any driver involved in an Incident
    a) A drive-through penalty. The driver must enter the pit lane and re-join the race
    b) A ten second time penalty. The driver must enter the pit lane, stop at his pit for
    and then re-join the race.
    c) a drop of any number of grid positions at the driver’s next Event.
    However, should either of the penalties under a) and b) above be imposed during the
    the end of a race, Article 16.4b) below will not apply and 20 seconds will be added to
    of the driver concerned in the case of a) above and 30 seconds in the case of b).

    The stewards seemed to make up an option C…

    For me, this is fixing a race by only giving a 5 second penalty to avoid chancing the race results for the top top runners.

  6. wasiF1 said on 29th June 2010, 3:18

    The FIA still is not good with the pit lane rules, it is just a bad joke.

  7. Eric said on 30th June 2010, 9:17

    ive thought long and hard about what i personaly think should have been the right call for Lewis and i think this would have been appropriate,

    Hamilton should of been made to fall back infront or behind Alonso, and serve his drive though penalty from there, now that would have been fair in my book and im a McLaren Fan.
    i hate what the SC did to this race, it robbed us of just maybe some excellent racing, we will never know.
    i do feel very sorry for you Alonso even if i was clapping my hands in joy.

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