A new penalty for Vettel

Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel managed to escape a 10 place grid demotion penalty but now he's got a five place one instead. Stewards at Shanghai ruled that the German had impeded another driver (Renault's Heikki Kovalainen) during qualifying for...

Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel managed to escape a 10 place grid demotion penalty but now he's got a five place one instead. Stewards at Shanghai ruled that the German had impeded another driver (Renault's Heikki Kovalainen) during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix and gave him half his original penalty back again.

It's another blow for Toro Rosso, which had its best dry qualifying session of the season on Saturday with Tonio Liuzzi 11th and Vettel 12th. With the five place drop Vettel, whose 10 place demotion for crashing into Mark Webber's Red Bull at Fuji was retracted, will now have to start from 17th.

Beleaguered Toro Rosso will go to appeal next week to try and overturn the 25 second time penalty given to Liuzzi after Fuji for allegedly overtaking under yellow flags. Liuzzi lost eighth place and one point because of it. The team also faces arbitration from Spyker in regard to the customer car debate.

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Heikki Kovalainen , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Toro Rosso