Kovalainen penalised five grid spots for Sepang

18 Mar 2012

Caterham’s Heikki Kovalainen will drop five places on the grid for next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix after falling foul of the stewards during Sunday’s race in Melbourne.

Kovalainen, who retired on lap 39 at Albert Park with suspension issues, was handed the penalty for overtaking cars whilst under safety-car conditions.

Under revised safety-car rules for 2012, Kovalainen was permitted to pass other cars to unlap himself, but the Finn breached regulations by doing so before reaching the first safety-car line.

The safety-car intervention, the only one of the race, was prompted by Kovalainen’s team mate Vitaly Petrov, whose car stopped on the start-finish straight with steering problems.

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