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Trulli fined for practice u-turn 26 Sep 2008

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota TF108.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 26 September 2008 Trulli spins his Toyota exiting the final turn

Toyota’s Jarno Trulli has been reprimanded and fined 10,000 euros by Singapore Grand Prix stewards for driving the wrong way around the circuit during Friday evening’s opening practice session.

Trulli spun coming out of the final corner. Rather than continuing down the start-finish straight, the Italian then drove a short distance in the wrong direction in order to access the pit lane, illegally crossing the white line at the pit entry in the process.

Stewards decided he had breached of Article 30.2 of the 2008 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations, and Appendix L Chapter 4 Article 4d of the International Sporting Code.

The former states “drivers are strictly forbidden to drive their car in the opposite direction to the race unless this is absolutely necessary in order to move the car from a dangerous position,” while the latter says “except in cases of force majeure (accepted as such by the Stewards of the meeting), the crossing, in any direction, of the line separating the deceleration zone and the track is prohibited.”