Jarno Trulli receives 25-second time penalty after overtaking Hamilton under the safety car

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    Jarno Trulli receives 25-second time penalty after overtaking Hamilton under the safety car

    Post by Ross on 29th March 2009, 14:42

    Trulli penalised, Hamilton up to third

    Australian Grand Prix stewards have slapped a 25-second time penalty on third-placed Jarno Trulli – dropping the Toyota driver out of the points positions and promoting Lewis Hamilton to third.

    Trulli was put under investigation and both the Italian and McLaren’s Hamilton summoned to see the race stewards following the dramatic conclusion to Sunday’s race which finished under safety car conditions.

    The Toyota driver had been running ahead of Hamilton in third following a storming drive from the pit lane, but went off the track during the caution period, which allowed the Briton through, only to reclaim the position on his return to the circuit.

    However, overtaking is outlawed while behind the safety car with only lapped runners caught in the middle of the pack permitted to reclaim their place at the back of the order when waved through by race control.

    Trulli’s penalty drops the veteran to 12th position – the late safety car having meant the points finishers were only separated by six seconds.

    Meanwhile, having struggled throughout practice and qualifying, Hamilton and McLaren receive a further boost with the move from fourth to third giving them six points instead of five.

    Trulli’s misfortune also hands his own team-mate Timo Glock one more point, as it does Fernando Alonso (Renault) and rookie Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) on his F1 debut.

    The second Toro Rosso driver, Sebastien Bourdais, moves up from ninth to the final points position.

    Trulli's penalty ends a controversial weekend for his Toyota team having already been subject to an appeal over its diffuser and having its cars disqualified from qualifying for a technical infringement.

    Source: itv.com/f1

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