De la Rosa to serve penalty in Singapore

© Ubaid Parkar, 22 September 2012

Pedro de la Rosa incurred a five-place grid penalty for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday for an unscheduled gearbox change.

Regulations state that the gearbox needs to be used for five consecutive events but the HRT driver failed to do so after his unit was changed ahead of the third and final practice session.

The Spaniard qualified 24th and last - behind teammate Narain Karthikeyan - with the penalty not serving any impact on his starting position.

“Although I already knew that I would be starting last because of the penalty, I tried to complete a quick lap, but it wasn’t to be,” de la Rosa said.


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