Petrov demoted to 20th for Glock block

Vitaly Petrov has been given a five-place grid penalty for holding up Timo Glock in qualifying.

Petrov held Glock up immediately after coming out of the pits at the start of Q1.

Glock also has a penalty as his mechanics had to open his gearbox. He starts from the back of the grid and Petrov is demoted to 20th. Here’s the revised grid:

Row 1 1. Fernando Alonso 1’21.962
Ferrari
2. Jenson Button 1’22.084
McLaren-Mercedes
Row 2 3. Felipe Massa 1’22.293
Ferrari
4. Mark Webber 1’22.433
Red Bull-Renault
Row 3 5. Lewis Hamilton 1’22.623
McLaren-Mercedes
6. Sebastian Vettel 1’22.675
Red Bull-Renault
Row 4 7. Nico Rosberg 1’23.027
Mercedes
8. Nico H???lkenberg 1’23.037
Williams-Cosworth
Row 5 9. Robert Kubica 1’23.039
Renault
10. Rubens Barrichello 1’23.328
Williams-Cosworth
Row 6 11. Adrian Sutil 1’23.199
Force India-Mercedes
12. Michael Schumacher 1’23.388
Mercedes
Row 7 13. Kamui Kobayashi 1’23.659
Sauber-Ferrari
14. Sebastien Buemi 1’23.681
Toro Rosso-Ferrari
Row 8 15. Jaime Alguersuari 1’23.919
Toro Rosso-Ferrari
16. Pedro de la Rosa 1’24.044
Sauber-Ferrari
Row 9 17. Jarno Trulli 1’25.540
Lotus-Cosworth
18. Heikki Kovalainen 1’25.742
Lotus-Cosworth
Row 10 19. Vitantonio Liuzzi 1’25.774
Force India-Mercedes
20. Vitaly Petrov 1’23.819
Renault
Row 11 21. Lucas di Grassi 1’25.974
Virgin-Cosworth
22. Bruno Senna 1’26.847
HRT-Cosworth
Row 12 23. Sakon Yamamoto 1’27.020
HRT-Cosworth
24. Timo Glock 1’25.934
Virgin-Cosworth

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32 comments on Petrov demoted to 20th for Glock block

  1. time for another race through the field?

    • Sush Meerkat said on 11th September 2010, 15:46

      Much like dangling a carrot on a stick, Petrov will have his contract dangling from his helmet for some giant killing feats.

      • But he is keeping us watching him, isn’t he?

        And his time is not that far from Kubica’s, when taking in account the Q2 times.

  2. Pure team failure and not Petrov’s fault.
    Renault have been unable to look out for their second driver consistently through the years.

    Considering this is monza, as you exit the pits you are unlikely to see anything, then suddenly a car will just pop out of nowhere as they carry a great load of speed through that start finish line.

    The team should have warned Petrov that a car was about to start a lap afterall they released Petrov at the time he went on track.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 11th September 2010, 16:39

      Have to say I agree.

    • I agree too Oliver and think that is a good assessment.

    • bosyber said on 11th September 2010, 18:36

      Yes, that does seem like a fair assessment of the situation, there isn’t enough time to do anything for a driver even if you manage to see the other car coming in your left mirror – you will be too late to avoid a block.

    • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 11th September 2010, 18:51

      Agree. The pit-lane exit at Monza is pretty ridiculous anyway; I think it should have its own-mini chicane (to control speeds) and feed out onto the apex of the chicane exit.

    • Exactly, a shame Petrov will now have a pretty tough job from behind. Let’s hope we’ll see him doing some great slipstreaming and passing on track to get some points home again.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th September 2010, 0:55

      I’m willing to bet Renault’s plan was to drop him onto the circuit and have him through the first chicane before Glock got there and then move over through the Curva Grande – but they mis-timed it.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 12th September 2010, 7:13

      Yeah, I felt really bad for Petrov. I think he truly had no idea anyone was coming.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th September 2010, 11:05

        The drivers genuinely don’t. This was my one big sticking point with the Webber-Vettel clash in Istanbul: cars have a blind spot. The wing mirrors only afford a limited view of what is happening behind. Combined with the high sidewalls of the cockpit and the HANS device which prevents them from turning their heads, drivers don’t have a hell of a lot of peripheral vision. Glock encountered Petrov right as the Russian was entering the first chicane, and the racing line into that corner put the Virgin at an oblique angle to Petrov’s Renault. Poor old Petrov didn’t stand a chance of seeing him.

        And to make matters worse, his future with Renault will apparently be decided on the basis of his Monza and Singapore races. If he doesn’t meet the team’s standards, they’re said to be trying to get him into a Lotus as a part of an engine supply deal, but this mistake by the team doesn’t help his chances. Then again, he did go from the back to the front at Spa.

  3. Top speeds in qualy by the top 6: http://bit.ly/aMO3hO

  4. OK, I obviously read that headline wrong *childish snicker*

  5. Anyone heard the excuses from Tonio Liuzzi?

    Great driving from Trulli. The difference between the Virgins and the Lotus cars is very small indeed. But still about 1.5 secs behind the slowest established team (if we can discount Tonio).
    The HRTs another second behind that, it shows that they are still having trouble.

  6. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 12th September 2010, 3:53

    Expected more from Sauber & Kubica.

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