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Pic handed drive-through penalty for qualifying misdemeanour 12 Oct 2013

Charles Pic (FRA) Caterham CT03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying, Suzuka, Japan, Saturday, 12 October 2013 Charles Pic (FRA) Caterham F1 Team in the Press Conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Preparations, Suzuka, Japan, Thursday, 10 October 2013

Caterham's Charles Pic has been issued with a drive-through penalty for Sunday's 2013 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix for passing through a red light at the pit exit during the first part of qualifying in Suzuka.

The stewards found that Pic, who already had a 10-place grid penalty for picking up his third reprimand of the season in Korea, exited the pit lane five seconds after the light had turned red - a contravention of article 31.3 of the sporting regulations.

"Car #20 crossed the pit exit line at 14:17:10. The red light was at 14:17:05,” read the stewards’ report. "It is noted this is the second consecutive event in which the driver has driven through a red light."

Pic must serve his drive-through penalty within the first five laps of Sunday’s race.

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