Kobayashi to start from seventh after grid reshuffle 08 Oct 2011
Saubers Kamui Kobayashi will start the Japanese race from seventh after the FIA released the provisional grid for Sundays event at Suzuka. Along with Mercedes Michael Schumacher and Renault duo Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov, Kobayashi didnt set a time during Q3 and was originally classified in tenth.
But the FIA sporting regulations split those who dont record a time during qualifying sessions into three categories to determine the grid order. Drivers who attempt to set a time by starting a flying lap are ordered first, followed by drivers who leave their garage but dont start a flying lap and finally drivers who stay in their garage. Within each group, drivers are then arranged in numerical order.
Unlike Schumacher, Senna and Petrov who didnt complete qualifying attempts, Kobayashi did start a flying lap which he subsequently aborted. Thus Kobayashi and Schumacher will make up the fourth row in seventh and eighth respectively, while Senna and Petrov will be on the grids fifth row in ninth and tenth.
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