Jean-Eric Vergne will start the British Grand Prix ten spaces back from where he qualifies due to penalties handed out for his role in a collision with Heikki Kovalainen on Sunday. The Frenchman’s Toro Rosso clouted the Caterham F1 of Kovalainen sending both drivers to retirement from Sunday’s race in Valencia. JEV was given a 10-grid-spot penalty as well as a €25,000 fine. The stewards statement said:
“In view of the serious nature of the incident the Stewards have decided under Article 18.1 to apply two penalties,”
Article 18.1 says “The stewards may inflict the penalties specifically set out in these Sporting Regulations in addition to or instead of any other penalties available to them under the Code.” Apparently they were nonplussed with the actions of JEV and it will not go down well with Franz Tost or Helmut Marko. Heikki wasn’t too pleased with the move but seemed to take it in stride saying:
“My pace was good but then Vergne made what looks like a rookie mistake, hit me and I had to come in for a new nose,” said Kovalainen. “From that point I was just trying to get to the end of the race.”
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