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Kobayashi promoted on revised grid

Local hero Kamui Kobayashi gained from a minor reshuffle in grid positions after qualifying, and he will start from seventh on the grid for the F1 Grand Prix of Japan on Sunday.
The revised grid for the Japanese Grand Prix issued by the FIA following the end of the Saturday qualifying session confirms that Kamui Kobayashi will start his home event from seventh place.

Initial times suggested he would be positioned in tenth place, but the FIA then applied the proper rules to the four cars that had been unable to set fast laps during the third round of qualifying, and determined that Kobayashi should start ahead of Michael Schumacher, Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov.

As none of the four had set a time in Q3 it was initially thought they would be ordered according to their car number, but instead the rule book imposes three categories of cars to the ordering of grid positions ahead of using car numbers.

Drivers like Kobayashi who start a flying lap are placed first, followed by drivers who leave the garage but don't start a flying lap for any reason, and finally drivers who did not come out on track at all are placed last.

Although Kobayashi started a flying lap, he aborted it before completing it and without setting a time; Schumacher, Senna and Petrov all came out but did not make a flying lap attempt and are therefore in the second category and placed behind the Sauber on the revised grid for Suzuka.

The decision means that Schumacher ended up losing a position because of his warm-up lap on-track fumble with Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton through the final chicane toward the end of Q3. If he had succeeded in making it the start line before the chequered flag he would have placed at least in seventh place under the rules.

Revised grid

1. #1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
2. #4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
3. #3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
4. #6 Felipe Massa Ferrari
5. #5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
6. #2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault
7. #16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari
8. #7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes
9. #9 Bruno Senna Renault
10. #10 Vitaly Petrov Renault
11. #14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
12. #15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes
13. #11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth
14. #12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth
15. #18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari
16. #19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari
17. #17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari
18. #20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault
19. #21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault
20. #25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth
21. #24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth
22. #22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth
23. #8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
24. #23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth



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