Grid penalty for Fisichella as well

Fernando Alonso and McLaren might be making all the headlines because of the penalties awarded late last night by the stewards but Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella has, like Alonso, been dropped five places on the grid. The Italian was deemed to...

Fernando Alonso and McLaren might be making all the headlines because of the penalties awarded late last night by the stewards but Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella has, like Alonso, been dropped five places on the grid. The Italian was deemed to have hampered Spyker's Sakon Yamamoto in the first session of qualifying.

Yamamoto was on a flying lap and came up behind Fisichella but the Renault did not appear to make any effort to get out of the way. Fisichella qualified eighth in the end, so will drop to 13th. Ironically, teammate Heikki Kovalainen is one driver who will benefit, up a place to 11th.

Due to Alonso's demotion BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld now finds himself on the front row alongside the other McLaren of Lewis Hamilton, with Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari up to third. But who knows, the way things are going the grid might change again before this race ever gets under way.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Nick Heidfeld , Fernando Alonso , Lewis Hamilton , Heikki Kovalainen
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren