Welcome to an F1Minute update for the 29th March.
Jarno Trulli has been handed a 25 second penalty post-race for overtaking under the safety car. The Toyota driver had started from the pitlane, and finished the race up in third, making a rare podium appearance.
However, the stewards looked into the matter, as Trulli had run off track to avoid a slow moving Sebastian Vettel. When he regained the track, he overtook Lewis Hamilton to keep his position, but this was deemed a punishable move. Trulli was handed the 25 seconds, which pushes him down to 12th, and promotes Hamilton to third. The other drivers move up, giving Bourdais the chance at a single point. However, Toyota have confirmed that they will appeal the decision.
Vettel was also handed a penalty, although his is a 10-place grid drop for the next race. The penalty is for causing an avoidable accident when he clashed with Robert Kubica. Red Bull were also fined 50,000 dollars for allowing Vettel to keep running despite one of his wheels hanging off.
Hopefully that’s it for today, and I’ll be back tomorrow with another F1Minute.
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References Jarno Trulli, Lewis Hamilton, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel
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