While the weather that affected the inaugural Korean Grand Prix on Sunday caused more than a few off-track moments - none more significant that Mark Webber's early exit - two drivers were adjudged to have over-stepped the mark in their enthusiasm to make up places in the 55-lap race.
Force India's Adrian Sutil had more moments than most, including running Jenson Button wide and onto the grass as the Briton attempted to make his way back up the order, but finally sealed his fate when he hit Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi on lap 47. The contact earned Sutil a five-place penalty for 'avoidable contact' which will be carried over to qualifying in Brazil. The German was also fined $10,000 after he admitted to suffering braking problems throughout the race and not attempting to have them corrected.
"Conditions were pretty tough throughout the race and it was the right decision to start behind the safety car," Sutil confirmed, "When the track dried a bit, I made a pit-stop and tried to do the whole race on the intermediate tyres, but I was just struggling with my brakes all the time.
"I had so much brake force that I always locked up and it was hard to drive consistently. There were a lot of times I was off the circuit, or locked up, or got past a driver and went off the road. In the end, I tried to overtake Kobayashi, but lost the car on a patch that was a bit more wet than I expected and went into the side of him. I'm not happy with my performance, it was not a good race for me personally."
Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi received a similar grid penalty for Interlagos after causing what the stewards deemed an avoidable accident when he collided with Virgin Racing's Timo Glock on lap 30, ending both drivers' race. The Swiss driver claimed that he had been caught out when his front wheels locked up under braking, and had no means of avoiding the hapless Glock.
Renault's Vitaly Petrov started the Korean GP from 20th on the grid after being hit with a similar penalty after the Japanese round earlier this month.