De la Rosa sent to the back of the grid

Pedro de la Rosa will start the race from last place on the grid after becoming the fifth driver to take a grid penalty.

He was handed a five-place penalty after changing to his ninth engine of the season. He is the first driver to exceed his allocation of eight engines.

Here is the revised grid:

Row 1 1. Mark Webber 1’45.778
Red Bull-Renault
2. Lewis Hamilton 1’45.863
Row 2 3. Robert Kubica 1’46.100
4. Sebastian Vettel 1’46.127
Red Bull-Renault
Row 3 5. Jenson Button 1’46.206
6. Felipe Massa 1’46.314
Row 4 7. Rubens Barrichello 1’46.602
8. Adrian Sutil 1’46.659
Force India-Mercedes
Row 5 9. Nico H???lkenberg 1’47.053
10. Fernando Alonso 1’47.441
Row 6 11. Jaime Alguersuari 1’48.267
Toro Rosso-Ferrari
12. Vitantonio Liuzzi 1’48.680
Force India-Mercedes
Row 7 13. Heikki Kovalainen 1’50.980
14. Nico Rosberg 1’47.885
Row 8 15. Jarno Trulli 2’01.491
16. Sebastien Buemi 1’49.209
Toro Rosso-Ferrari
Row 9 17. Kamui Kobayashi 2’02.284
18. Bruno Senna 2’03.612
Row 10 19. Sakon Yamamoto 2’03.941
20. Timo Glock 1’52.049
Row 11 21. Michael Schumacher 1’47.874
22. Lucas di Grassi 2’18.154
Row 12 23. Vitaly Petrov
24. Pedro de la Rosa 2’05.294

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8 comments on De la Rosa sent to the back of the grid

  1. sato113 (@sato113) said on 29th August 2010, 11:15

    keith it’s a 10 place grid drop, not 5.

  2. CNSZU said on 29th August 2010, 11:32

    Unless Ferrari can prove that their engines are not the problem, they should provide any additional engines free of charge. That’s the least they can do.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 29th August 2010, 16:03

      Ferrari and Toro Rosso haven’t had as many failures, but I can see where you’re coming from, since it would be a good gesture towards the customer (IMO) more likely to make progress and become competitive.

  3. disjunto said on 29th August 2010, 11:32

    9th engine already? Those Ferrari engines seem to have problems with reliability this season!

  4. George said on 29th August 2010, 11:40

    The swap from BMW to Ferrari engines seemed to give Sauber a lot of problems at the start of the season. I’m wondering if they did this because he was at the back of the grid anyway though, and they actually have a couple of engines spare?

    It’s still not impossible for the Saubers to get in the points from there, their car seemed pretty fast in practice and if it rains who knows what could happen.

  5. Calum said on 29th August 2010, 11:50

    I’d be Very annoyed with Ferrari if I was boss of Sauner given that the factory works team have only had one engine blow up (alonso @malasia), but Peter Saunber never gets angry with anyone!

    • bosyber said on 29th August 2010, 12:02

      He did probably get angry yesterday after seeing both drivers loose it within 5 minutes, leaving them both stranded in Q1. And I wouldn’t be surprised if he did privately complain to Ferrari, maybe asking for a reduction in the price of the engines. Although this wasn’t really their fault, the crash probably had more to do with it.

      • BasCB said on 29th August 2010, 15:35

        Peter Sauber already complained loud and clear in the world press before.
        I am pretty certain he will make Ferrari pay for that. Or just go with Cosworth for next year, a bit cheaper and looks like it’s more reliable as well.

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