Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen has been handed a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. The Finn was found to have blocked Nico Rosberg during Saturday’s Qualifying session meaning Kimi will drop from 7th to 10th on the grid.
He won last weekend’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix and he was looking strong during practice and so a good bet for Qualifying. However, a suspected hydraulics issue combined with bad weather robbed him of a top three position, qualifying down in 7th.
Jenson Button, Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez all benefit from the penalty, moving from 8th to 7th, 9th to 8th and 10th to 9th respectively.
Raikkonen’s team-mate Romain Grosjean was caught out in Q2 when Lotus gambled – and lost. Rain crept over the circuit meaning when he went to set his fast lap, he couldn’t find the speed necessary and qualified down in 11th.
More to follow.