F1 » Kovalainen demoted for unsafe release


Heikki Kovalainen drops to twelfth in the Brazilian GP results following post-race penalty

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James Montgomery

October 18, 2009 10:09 PM

I agree that McLaren should get fined... but why kovy?

Wasn't his fault... he depended on the lolly pop man and the lolly pop man let him out with the fuel hose still in the car... should of been only a team punishment in my opinion

andrew mac

October 18, 2009 10:15 PM
Last Edited 1741 days ago

Totally unfair on Kovalainen. He can't be blamed for this at all. The team let him go so they should get a hefty fine. But penalising the driver for what wasn't their fault is just stupid.

And $50,000? Should have got one of their drivers to crash so the other one wins and they would have got a lighter fine. Yet again the inconsistancy and stupidity of the race stweards and the FIA shines through.

Rulebook Rog - Unregistered

October 18, 2009 11:44 PM


Surely Kovalainen received outside assistance - from the Brawn guys removing his fuel hose - and thus should have been instantly disqualified.

Glad he wasn't... but isn't the pit lane technically part of the racetrack and didn't he receive outside assistance?

Can anyone clarify? :?

Alan D - Unregistered

October 19, 2009 1:46 AM

This incident was very early in the race. Why does it take the stewards the whole race to decide on a drive-through which then has to be changed to a 25 sec penalty.

Regarding the $50,000 fine, what fine did Ferrari pay for the same offence in Singapore last year?

As for the outside assistance question, undoubtedly Brawn mechanics pulling the hose off helped HK because he didn't have to wait for his own mechanics to run the length of the pit lane, but who was guilty? HK or Brawn? It would be odd if you could get a competitor excluded this way. Actually though, outside assistance is allowed is the car is in an unsafe position, (see the MS push incident).

California Kid - Unregistered

October 19, 2009 2:07 AM

The FIA and the race stewards rule with a sense of no harm no foul. Massa just had a fuel hose dragging. No other drama. Raikkonen got a taste of what its like being in the cylinders of one of those 2.4L V-8's (Minus the compression).

It's yet another case of inconsistancy from the FIA. McLaren should've been fined. Kovi was blameless.

I'm just glad nobody was hurt.

Hats of to the Iceman for continuing the race after Webber robbed him of his front wing. Jerk...

geographer at large - Unregistered

October 19, 2009 4:46 AM

I completely agree that McLaren should have been fined for an unsafe pit release considering how dangerous the incident was. Fortunately, Raikkonen only had a problem with some fuel in his eyes. The outcome could have been much worse. Massa's fuel hose trip down the pit lane was nowhere near as dangerous as yesterdays.

As for Kovalainen being given a drive through penalty, I just don't get it. I think the driver is penalised enough as they lose so much time waiting for the fuel hose to be released. The same was given to Massa last year which completely ruined his race for no reason. Especially since the Ferrari crew had to run down the pits to release the hose themselves.

decko - Unregistered

October 19, 2009 7:01 AM

It totally stinks doesn't it, why didn't McLaren put both cars on the same strategy, if they had they could have had 3rd and 5th.
What happened to the incident involving cars 2 and 3, when it was clearly cars 1, 2, and 15,

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