by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 140
F1 NEWS >> oNE of the hallmarks of the Indian Grand Prix weekend was the constant stream of paperwork flying out of the stewards’ office. A seemingly endless stream of penalties led to the grid being drawn and redrawn, until even the most experienced of journalists decided it was safest to wait for the FIA’s official grid than to try and puzzle out the configuration on their own. Renault driver Vitaly Petrov arrived at the Buddh International Circuit with a five- place grid penalty hanging over him for causing a collision with Michael Schumacher at the Korean Grand Prix. At the end of FP1, Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez were called to the stewards’ office to explain why they posted their best lap times under double waved yellows at the end of the session, when marshals were on track attending to Pastor Maldonado’s smoking FW33. Neither driver had a reasonable explanation, and both men were handed three- place grid penalties. Daniel Ricciardo needed a new gearbox in his HRT, and it was announced shortly before qualifying that he had been issued with a five-place grid penalty as a result. After the session, Ricciardo’s teammate for the weekend, Indian racer Narain Karthikeyan, was issued with his own five-place grid penalty. Karthikeyan’s crime? Impeding the progress of Michael Schumacher during qualifying. While you’d expect that two five-place grid penalties would see an HRT driver at the back of the pack, that honour fell to Timo Glock, who was unable to set a time within the 107 percent margin thanks to his own gearbox troubles in Q1. The stewards agreed that the Virgin driver could start the Indian Grand Prix, but only from P24. There were concerns on Saturday that Jenson Button would also be penalised for setting his best sector time at the site of Felipe Massa’s wrecked Ferrari, but the stewards judged that as the McLaren driver came upon the incident as it was happening, he would not have been able to reduce his speed. Endless penalties cause Indian grid reshuffle For your daily dose of Formula 1 news ... 11