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Heikki Kovalainen has been docked five places on the grid for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, having overtaken illegally in Australia on Sunday.
The penalty marks a negative end to a somewhat disappointing weekend for newly-named Caterham, which had targeting Q2 qualifying. After finishing 19th and 20th in Q1, both cars retired from the season-opening race of 2012.
The five-place drop comes for passing two cars before the Safety Car line when the race was restarted on Lap 42; the Safety Car had been deployed when team-mate Vitaly Petrov stopped on the start/finish with a steering wheel problem.
'The penalty I got for the next race was because I passed Vettel before the first Safety Car line when coming into the pits, marginal, my mistake,' the Finn admitted on Twitter.
Kovalainen’s own race ended on Lap 41 because of a loose steering arm.
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|4.||M. Webber||Red Bull||+4.547|
|9.||D. Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||+39.556|
|10.||P. di Resta||Force India||+39.737|
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|21 May||Single DRS zone retained for Monaco GP|
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