SEPANG – Following are the 2016 Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix news in brief:
VETTEL HANDED GRID PENALTY FOR CAUSING CRASH
Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has been handed a three-place grid
penalty for next weekend’s race at Suzuka Circuit in Japan after the race
stewards deemed him responsible for his first-corner clash with Nico Rosberg of
Mercedes AMG Petronas at Sepang. The incident occurred after a fast-starting
Vettel entered Turn 1 three-wide with Rosberg and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
The Ferrari driver had squeezed up the inside of Verstappen to snatch third,
but in doing so locked up and tagged Rosberg into a spin – sustaining
race-ending suspension damage in the process.
PALMER SCORES FIRST F1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Jolyon Palmer scored his first FIA Formula
One World Championship point in today’s hot and fast-paced Petronas Malaysia
Grand Prix. Palmer put his disappointment from yesterday’s qualifying behind him
to deliver in emphatic fashion his tenth-placed finish from 19th position on the
“It feels good! I’m really happy, I think the whole week has been really
positive. The race was really smooth – I wish it was always so straightforward!
I was really disappointed with how qualifying went especially as I’d been
feeling strong all weekend, so I’m glad the race went really well and we could
make up for it today,” said the Briton.
HAAS F1 TEAM FINED BY RACE STEWARDS
The race stewards in Malaysia have investigated report from the Race
Director and have determined a breach of Article 28.13 (c) of the FIA Formula
One Sporting Regulations. The race stewards said Esteban Gutierrez of Haas F1
Team did not know that he was driving the car in an unsafe condition.
According to their investigation, it appears that a mechanical failure has
led to the wheel being able to be tightly fitted to the car while not
attached correctly. The team was fined EURO 5,000.
ALONSO FINISHES SEVENTH DESPITE STARTING FROM LAST GRID
Despite starting from the last grid, Spain’s Fernando Alonso of McLaren
Honda finished the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix in seventh place. After the starts,
he moved up to 12th position after lap one and from there he made some feisty
overtakes and used a three-stop strategy to his advantage to come home in
“It was definitely a very exiting race for us today, with some great
battles. Having started from the very back, we recovered some good places at the
start and were lucky not to get caught up in the first-corner accident. I was
actually surprised by my position, because I’d already got into the points after
just a bunch of laps,” he said.