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Heidfeld dropped, Barrichello fined after pit-entry confusion 27 Sep 2008

Qualifying pitstop for Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.08.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Qualifying, Singapore, Saturday, 27 September 2008 Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda RA108.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Qualifying, Singapore, Saturday, 27 September 2008

BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld and Honda’s Rubens Barrichello have been penalised by race stewards in Singapore after an incident at the pit entry during the first phase of qualifying.

Heidfeld, who was to start the race from P6, has been dropped three places on the grid for impeding Barrichello, while the Brazilian has been handed a 10,000 euro fine for incorrectly entering the pit lane.

As he was completing his in-lap after his final Q1 run, Heidfeld was slowing to enter the pit lane when he was caught by Barrichello, on a flying lap. Barrichello was forced to slow and then chose to abort his lap and also enter the pits at the last minute, failing to correctly use the designated deceleration zone as he did so.

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