Raikkonen, Ricciardo hit with penalties

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Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo have each collected a two-place grid penalty for not lining up correctly at the pit lane exit when waiting for the second leg of qualifying to begin.

Qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix had stopped after Felipe Massa had crashed his Ferrari and by the time it had resumed there was just about two minutes left for the session to end.

To take advantage, cars lined up at the pit lane exit to make most of the limited track time but Raikkonen, who qualified in ninth, and Ricciardo, in tenth, parked adjacent to the designated ‘fast lane’.

“We didn’t have grip in these conditions so we did pretty much all we could do, but if there’s no grip you can’t go faster," Raikkonen said. "In this weather it’s difficult as sometimes the rain gets harder, sometimes the track is drying so you have to try to be out there when the circuit’s at its best."

After the penalties were applied, the Lotus driver will now start tenth and the Toro Rosso driver from 11th, with the Finn gaining one place as his penalty was applied first.

According to the stewards’ report, both the drivers claimed that they intended to make a practice start from the left hand side of the pit exit, as permitted.

“However this does not alleviate the requirement to leave in the order of arrival at the end of the pit lane,” read the report.

Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg, who qualified 11th, will now start ninth and is the only driver to gain from the penalties.

 

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