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Palmer and Grosjean penalised for ignoring yellow flags

08 Apr 2017

Haas’s Romain Grosjean and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer have both been given five-place grid drops for Sunday’s 2017 Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix, after ignoring yellow flags during qualifying.

It means they will now start 19th and 20th, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Force India’s Esteban Ocon each moving up a place to 17th and 18th respectively in the Shanghai starting order.

The infringements came following a crash for Sauber’s Antonio Giovinazzi at the end of Q1, with stewards deciding that both Grosjean and Palmer had “attempted to set a meaningful lap time” after passing the resulting double waved yellow flags.

Both men have also had three penalty points added to their license.