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Petrov penalised for blocking Glock 11 Sep 2010

Glock is held up by Petrov whilst on an early quick lap, ultimately qualifying 21st Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault R30.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 11 September 2010

Renault driver Vitaly Petrov has been demoted five places on the grid for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix after stewards decided he impeded Virgin’s Timo Glock during qualifying. Glock was at the start of a flying lap during Q1 when he encountered a slow-running Petrov, who was joining the track from the pit lane.

“I can only apologise to him if I held him up,” explained Petrov. “I didn't see him coming up behind me and didn't see any blue flags as I came out of the pits. My grid penalty will make things even harder in the race but, as we saw in Spa, tomorrow is another day and a lot can still happen.”

The Russian, who qualified in 15th, will now start the race from 20th. Glock, meanwhile, is also set to drop five places on the grid after his team were forced to break a seal on his gearbox, following technical problems during Saturday morning’s final practice session. The German had qualified in 21st.

As a result of the two penalties, the grid from P15 backwards reads: Jaime Alguersuari, Pedro De la Rosa; Jarno Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen; Vitantonio Liuzzi, Petrov; Lucas di Grassi, Bruno Senna; Sakon Yamamoto, Glock.