Karthikeyan to Start 23rd in Last Row After 5-Place Penalty

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Karthikeyan to Start 23rd in Last Row After 5-Place Penalty
Narain Karthikeyan was today handed a five-place grid penalty for impeding Michael Schumacher's car during the qualifying race, which means that the Indian will have to start his home F1 Grand Prix from the second last position on the grid.

Karthikeyan had qualified in the 22nd position but will now move to the 23rd.

The incident happened in Q1 when Schumacher was probably having his best lap but at turn 10, Karthikeyan was found guilty of blocking the German's way at turn 10.

The act was a breach of Article 31.7 of the 2011 FIA F1 Sporting Regulations.

Karthikeyan would actually have been pushed to the last position but since Timo Glock failed to make the 107 percent requirement and has been allowed to race at the stewards' discretion, the Virgin driver will brought up the rear.

Glock could not better 1m 34.046s time he manged in initial three laps after mechanical trouble that left him outside the 107 percent time of 1m 32.222s.

Karthikeyan's teammate Daniel Ricciardo also got a five-place penalty but since he was ahead of the Indian by one place in the qualifying race, he will start from 22nd position.

Apart from the two Hispania drivers, Renault's Vitali Petrov will also move five places behind his original qualifying position of 11th since he carried a penalty from the last race in Korea, where he had collided with Schumacher.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Sauber's Sergio Perez were yesterday handed three-place grid penalties for ignoring double waved yellow flags.

Perez will go to 20th from qualifying position of 17th and Hamilton to fifth from original second place.

Petrov will start from 16th after ending 11th in Q2.

In all, five drivers have been imposed penalty for different breaches in inaugural Indian Grand Prix.
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