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Petrov to drop five grid places in Korea 10 Oct 2010

The car of Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault R30 is recovered after crashing at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Japanese Grand Prix, Race, Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, 10 October 2010 Massa and Liuzzi make contact at the first corner, sending them out of the race

Renault’s Vitaly Petrov has been penalised for the start-line incident that saw him and Williams’ Nico Hulkenberg retire on lap one of Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

Petrov appeared to veer across the path of Hulkenberg as the cars left the grid, clipping the German’s front wheel. That contact sent the Russian spinning into the barriers on the main straight.

Petrov claimed he had been trying to avoid Nick Heidfeld’s BMW Sauber, but the Suzuka stewards decided he had caused an avoidable collision. He will drop five grid positions at the next round in Korea as a result.

Stewards also investigated the lap-one contact between Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Force India’s Vitantonio Liuzzi that led to both their retirements, but decided no action was necessary.

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