Adrian Sutil was hit with a five-place grid penalty as Force India changed his gearbox after his crash in final practice…
Adrian Sutil was hit with a five-place grid penalty as Force India changed his gearbox after his crash in final practice.
The German had qualified 17th for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix but will start P22 due to the penalty.
Sutil, though, hasn’t given up on achieving a top-ten result.
“With the grid penalty I will be starting at the back so I need to try and deliver consistent race pace and hopefully move towards the points,” he said.
Two other drivers, Charles Pic and Jules Bianchi, were also penalised, both handed 10-place drops having been slapped with their third reprimands of the season in Korea.
They will start P20 and P21 respectively.
The revised grid
01. Mark Webber Red Bull
02. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
03. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
04. Romain Grosjean Lotus
05. Felipe Massa Ferrari
06. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
07. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber
08. Fernando Alonso Ferrari
09. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus
10. Jenson Button McLaren
11. Sergio Perez McLaren
12. Paul di Resta Force India
13. Valtteri Bottas Williams
14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber
15. Pastor Maldonado Williams
16. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso
17. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso
18. Max Chilton Marussia
19. Giedo van der Garde Caterham
20. Charles Pic Caterham
21. Jules Bianchi Marussia
22. Adrian Sutil Force India