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Buemi handed five-place grid penalty

July.24 – Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi will go down five places on the starting grid for upcoming Hungarian GP following he was given a penalty at the Nurburging. Buemi was deemed to have caused an accident with Nick Heidfeld, following squeezing the German out of the track when approaching the chicane during the race.

“Heidfeld drove into me at the chicane and I got a puncture on my right rear,” said Buemi. “So I had to pit and change tyres, which compromised our strategy even more and with no rain, that was really it. It has been a disappointing weekend in which we cannot be satisfied with our performance, therefore all we can do is look ahead to the Hungarian Grand Prix and at least we don’t have long to wait for that.”

The punishment comes following Buemi was disqualified after yesterday’s qualifying following a fuel irregularity. Nick was given a drive-through penalty for a crash with Paul di Resta at the start of the race, but the German did not have time to serve it. The FIA said it will not take any further action against the Renault driver.


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