Räikkönen escapes penalty after cutting Eau Rouge
1 September 2012 – Kimi Räikkönen was called to the stewards but escaped any punishment after an off-track moment on his quickest qualifying lap for the Belgian Grand Prix. The Finn now starts third, as Pastor Maldonado has been penalised for blocking Nico Hülkenberg.
No word came from the stewards, including ex F1 driver Eliseo Salazar, until almost two and a half hours after qualifying. Although Räikkönen placed all wheels off-track at Eau Rouge, the FIA adjudicators did not feel that the Lotus driver had gained an advantage.
The Finnish World Champion of 2007 has won four of his last five Belgian Grand Prix, with the last having also been his most recent Formula 1 victory – for Ferrari in 2009.