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Petrov penalised

Vitaly Petrov will lose five-places on the grid at the next event in Korea.

Renault's Vitaly Petrov has been punished by the stewards following the F1 2010 Japanese Grand Prix today.

The stewards ruled post-race that he had breach the regulations by causing a collision with the Williams of Nico Hulkenberg at the start of the race. As a result he picks up a five-place grid penalty for the next event in Korea.

Speaking after the race, Petrov maintained that he had to move over because of Nick Heidfeld.

“I made a good start and managed to overtake [Felipe] Massa,” Petrov explained. “I was then going passed Hulkenberg with [Nick] Heidfeld on my right when he started to move left and so I also had to move left to avoid him. Unfortunately I hit the side of Hulkenberg's car and this is why I crashed.”

Hulkenberg, who was the innocent victim, added: “I had a bad start and I didn't get off the line at all. I then saw Petrov coming up behind me. He touched my front right wheel and that was it.

"You never want to finish a race that early, but today it happened and it was unfortunate for us both. The team are doing a really good job developing the car and that showed in our qualifying performance so it was a shame to finish that early.”

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Sunday, Qualifying, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Sunday, Qualifying, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Race, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30 crash
Sunday, Qualifying, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Sunday, Qualifying, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Saturday Practice, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30

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Alan D - Unregistered

October 10, 2010 2:05 PM

In his interview during the race, Petrov said "the car in front of me stalled". Yes, he did cut across Hulkenberg, but to be fair to Petrov, it would have been really difficult to judge because he had no idea at that stage what speed Hulkenberg was doing, or even if he was running at all. I think it is harsh for Petrov to be penalised whilst Massa's demolition of Liuzzi is deemed a racing incident.

James Montgomery

October 10, 2010 1:11 PM

Petrov deserved a slap across the head for that move.... no one else to blame but himself.... shouldnt have chopped over to the left if he didnt have room, should never expect people to back off because you are moving into their area... Good call from the stewards

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