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Fisichella receives 25-second penalty 20 Jul 2008

Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India F1 VJM01 leads Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, 20 July 2008

Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella has been penalised after unlapping himself under the safety car when he was not permitted to do so during Sunday’s German Grand Prix. Fisichella had 25 seconds added to his final race time and drops from 14th to 16th in the classification as a result.

According to the stewards, when the safety car was deployed after Timo Glock’s crash, Fisichella pitted before the ‘Lapped cars may now overtake’ signal was shown, meaning he should have not then unlapped himself once he rejoined the circuit. The Italian’s penalty promotes Williams’ Kazuki Nakajima and Force India team mate Adrian Sutil one place each, to 14th and 15th respectively.