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Starting grid - Japanese Grand Prix 2015 - Penalties galore and drivers given permission to start

Alexander Rossi was granted permission to start the Japanese Grand Prix, despite not actually qualifying within the set times. Nico Hülkenberg has picked up a three place grid drop from Singapore after he and Felipe Massa crashed into either other at the pit exit. Max Verstappen was also given a three place drop after he parked his car in a dangerous position during qualifying.

Out front, Rosberg and Hamilton secured the front row, whilst Daniil Kvyat starts from tenth with a patched up car following his crash during qualifying.

1Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:32.58416
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:32.66015
3Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:33.02411
4Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:33.24511
5Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:33.33712
6Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:33.34710
7Daniel RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:33.49717
8Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team1:33.96719
9Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 TeamNo time16
10Daniil KvyatInfiniti Red Bull RacingNo time15
11Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso1:34.45315
12Pastor MaldonadoLotus F1 Team1:34.49713
13Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:34.7858
14Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:34.39013
15Jenson ButtonMcLaren Honda1:35.6646
16Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team1:35.6735
17Felipe NasrSauber F1 Team1:35.7606
18Max VerstappenScuderia Toro RossoNo time8
19Will StevensManor Marussia F1 Team1:38.7835
20Alexander RossiManor Marussia F1 Team1:47.1145
  • 3 place drop for Nico Hülkenberg. Causing a collision in Singapore. The driver of car 27 has an open line of vision to car 19 (Felipe Massa) leaving the pits. Car 19 should have been left racing room.
  • 3 place drop for Max Verstappen. Car 33 experienced a sudden power loss at the exit of turn 11, the driver initially moved to the left side of the track towards a safe position and when it was about to stop, moved to the right onto the racing line, where it eventually stopped. This caused double yellow flags to be shown and endangered oncoming drivers.