Takuma Sato will be docked ten-places on the grid for the French Grand Prix after he was unable to complete a drive-thru' penalty picked up at Indianapolis for overtaking under yellow flags.

Super Aguri's Sato had been tackling Jenson Button in the opening laps of the race down the long home straight and was judged to have overtaken his Honda-engined counterpart in the yellow flag zone while marshals worked to remove Ralf Schumacher's stricken car.

Placed under investigation, it was a drive-thru' penalty that Sato would have received in the race had he not already have spun off into retirement on lap 13.

Instead, stewards insist Sato will need to serve the penalty at Magny-Cours in the form of a ten-place grid punishment, even though the Japanese driver was insistent on live TV that he was defending from Button rather than passing him.

 

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