Meanwhile Sauber's Esteban Gutiérrez has been handed the slightly higher penalty of a five-spot grid penalty for the next race, after ploughing into the back of Adrian Sutil's Force India
at high speed into the turn 14 hairpin on lap 6.
"It was definitely a mistake," admitted the Mexican, expending his apologies to Sutil for ending both of their races early. "I didn't consider the amount of speed I had on the straight and I lost a lot of downforce into that corner and tried to my best to stop the car.
"I should have considered a little bit more distance to brake as I approached the corner and the car in front quicker than I expected," he added. "I had nowhere to go."
The official notice from the race stewards, which in for the 2013 China GP included Mark Blundell, noted that Gutiérrez had "admitted he had misjudged his closing speed."
"I guess Gutierrez missed his braking point and had nowhere to go but into the back of my car," said Sutil. My rear wing was broken and there was no option but to stop."
The race stewards then went on to investigate a series of incidents in which eight drivers appeared to use DRS while there were yellow flags being shown out in the circuit.
Among the drivers who were waiting to hear if their race classifications might be affected are Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Riccardo, Jenson Button, Romain Grosjean
and Max Chilton.
However, the stewards deemed no further penalties were applicable, although Red Bull
was fined for the unsafe release of Webber's car from the pit lane with a wheel insecurely attached. (See separate story