Petrov to drop five grid places in Korea 10 Oct 2010
Renaults Vitaly Petrov has been penalised for the start-line incident that saw him and Williams Nico Hulkenberg retire on lap one of Sundays Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Petrov appeared to veer across the path of Hulkenberg as the cars left the grid, clipping the Germans front wheel. That contact sent the Russian spinning into the barriers on the main straight.
Petrov claimed he had been trying to avoid Nick Heidfelds 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 Ferraris Felipe Massa and Force Indias Vitantonio Liuzzi that led to both their retirements, but decided no action was necessary.
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