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Bianchi handed grid penalty for impeding Di Resta 05 Oct 2013

Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 locks up his brakes entering the pit lane.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Practice, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Friday, 4 October 2013 Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 5 October 2013

Marussia’s Jules Bianchi has been handed a three-place grid penalty and a reprimand by the stewards in Korea for impeding Force India’s Paul di Resta during qualifying.

The Frenchman was deemed to have impeded Di Resta during the latter part of Q1 whilst the Scot was on a flying lap. Although delayed, Di Resta made it through to Q2, whilst Bianchi was eliminated.

"The driver of car #22 (on an out-lap) was given a radio warning of the approach of car #14 (on a fast lap) but decided to stay on line to start his own flying lap," said a stewards' statement.

"The stewards consider that car #22 could have safely allowed car #14 to pass before starting his flying lap."

The penalty means that Bianchi will start 22nd (and last) on the grid, having initially qualified 21st. His team mate Max Chilton moves up one spot to 21st.

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