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Revised Japanese GP Grid

October 3, 2009

Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button are just two of the drivers who have been handed a five-place grid penalty for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix after failing to lift under yellow flags.

The penalties were awarded after both Brawn drivers passed the yellow flags telling drivers to slow down following Sebasten Buemi’s shunt with the barriers on the exit of the Spoon curve in this morning’s qualifying session. Both drivers had been on their sole flying lap of Q2 after two previous red flags had meant they had not been able to get a time on the board beforehand, and both needed to record a time for a chance to make it into Q3.

Force India’s Adrian Sutil and Renault’s Fernando Alonso also received penalties for the same thing, while Buemi was issued with a penalty for continuing back to the pits after the incident.

McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen will drop five places after a gearbox change, and Toyota’s Timo Glock will start from the pitlane after a change to his chassis, if indeed he starts at all.

Meanwhile, polesitter Sebastian Vettel is heavier than second and third place starters Jarno Trulli and Lewis Hamilton.

After what can only be described as a crazy qualifying session, the revised grid is expected to be as follows:

1. Sebastian Vettel, 2. Jarno Trulli, 3. Lewis Hamilton, 4. Nick Heidfeld, 5. Kimi Raikkonen, 6. Nico Rosberg, 7. Robert Kubica, 8. Adrian Sutil, 9. Rubens Barrichello, 10. Jaime Alguersuari, 11. Jenson Button, 12. Giancarlo Fisichella, 13. Heikki Kovalainen, 14. Sebastien Buemi, 15. Kazuki Nakajima, 16. Romain Grosjean, 17. Fernando Alonso, 18. Vitantonio Liuzzi, 19. Timo Glock, 20. Mark Webber.

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