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Raikkonen handed three-place grid penalty for impeding 23 Mar 2013

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sepang, Malaysia, Saturday, 23 March 2013

Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen will drop three places on the grid for Sunday’s 2013 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix after stewards decided he had impeded Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg during qualifying in Kuala Lumpur.

Raikkonen had finished seventh fastest in the rain-hit Sepang session, but will now start the race from tenth, meaning McLaren’s Jenson Button, Force India’s Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez in the second McLaren all move up a place to seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.

The stewards found that Rosberg, who qualified sixth, had been unnecessarily hindered by Raikkonen between Turns 12 and 15.

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