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Fisichella runs red light, drops three grid places 09 May 2008

Fisichella appears to go out a fraction too early in the first session

Stewards at the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul have given Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race for exiting the pits under a red light.

The infraction is understood to have occurred at the very start of Friday’s opening practice session, in which the Italian was among the first to take to the track for an initial installation lap.

The stewards’ decision means three places will be added to whatever position Fisichella achieves in Saturday’s qualifying session.