Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo have both been given grid penalties for the start of the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday afternoon.

Both drivers were found to have committed breaches of pit lane protocol that warranted them losing two spots each. However, with the two drivers originally due to start alongside each other on the fifth row of the grid, the way the penalties are imposed means that both drivers actually lose just a single place each.

Raikkonen will now start from tenth place on the grid, while Ricciardo will start from 11th. The major beneficiary of this reshuffle is Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg, who will now start from ninth place having originally missed Q3 and had been expecting to line-up in 11th place in Montreal. (See updated starting grid for Montreal.)

In total, five drivers were summoned to explain their actions during the frenzied restart late in Q2 that followed the red flag stoppage for Felipe Massa's accident. As well as Raikkonen and Ricciardo, Ricciardo's Toro Rosso team mate Jean-Eric Vergne was also investigated, as was Williams' Pastor Maldonado and McLaren's Sergio Perez.

All five were cited for alleged breaches of Article 23.6 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations, but the specifics varied in each case.

The allegation that the drivers had not started from the 'fast lane' of the pit exit was countered by the drivers' defence that they intended to make a practice start from the left hand side of the pit exit, as permitted by the rules.

The stewards noted that "However this does not alleviate the requirement to leave in the order of arrival at the end of the pit lane," but in the case of Perez, Vergne and Maldonado all three were deemed to have either maintained their queue positions or in Maldonado's case actually lost a position in the process, which is why no further action was taken.

In Ricciardo's case, the driver left in 4th having arrived in 6th position which is what earned the young Australian a two place penalty.

Raikkonen was found to have left in second having arrived in the queue in fourth position, and so the Finn was similarly penalised.

Raikkonen was also called upon to explain his conduct in which he was seen to swerve around Mark Webber to overtake him in the queue, a manoeuvre that was caught on television cameras at the time.

"The driver claimed he intended to make a practice start from the left hand side of the pit exit, as permitted," read the stewards' statement on the Lotus driver. "The driver claimed he was unduly delayed by Car 2 [Webber].

"Car 2 did remain stationary for almost 2 seconds following the start of Q3 and the Stewards conclude in the circumstances this qualifies as 'unduly delayed,'" read the stewards' verdict, determining that on this matter no further action would be taken against the Lotus driver.

The review process took almost three hours of investigation, and included reviewing car telemetry from the teams, available video evidence and depositions from the drivers involved.

The way that the stewards' two-place grid penalty is imposed means that Raikkonen's penalty is served first and drops him from ninth on the grid to 11th behind Hulkenberg; but then Ricciardo's penalty drops him from his new ninth place to 11th behind Raikkonen, which is why both men end up with an effective one-place drop despite the nominal two place penalty.


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