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Kovalainen to drop five grid places for blocking 21 Jun 2008

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Practice Day, Magny-Cours, France, Friday, 20 June 2008

McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen has been penalized by the French Grand Prix stewards after they decided he had blocked another driver during qualifying. The Finn will drop five places on the grid as a result.

Kovalainen originally qualified sixth, which meant he would have been fifth on the grid due to team mate Lewis Hamilton’s ten-place penalty from Canada. However, he will now start tenth after being deemed to have impeded Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who moves up to sixth as a result.

The revised provisional grid:
1. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari
2. Felipe Massa, Ferrari
3. Fernando Alonso, Renault
4. Jarno Trulli, Toyota
5. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber
6. Mark Webber, Red Bull
7. David Coulthard, Red Bull
8. Timo Glock, Toyota
9. Nelson Piquet, Renault
10. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren
11. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber
12. Sebastian Vettel, Toro Rosso
13. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren
14. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso
15. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams
16. Jenson Button, Honda
17. Rubens Barrichello, Honda
18. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India
19. Adrian Sutil, Force India
20. Nico Rosberg, Williams