Kovalainen penalised five grid spots for Sepang 18 Mar 2012
Caterhams Heikki Kovalainen will drop five places on the grid for next weekends Malaysian Grand Prix after falling foul of the stewards during Sundays race in Melbourne.
Kovalainen, who retired on lap 39 at Albert Park with suspension issues, was handed the penalty for overtaking cars whilst under safety-car conditions.
Under revised safety-car rules for 2012, Kovalainen was permitted to pass other cars to unlap himself, but the Finn breached regulations by doing so before reaching the first safety-car line.
The safety-car intervention, the only one of the race, was prompted by Kovalainens team mate Vitaly Petrov, whose car stopped on the start-finish straight with steering problems.
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