Hakkinen and la Rosa punished
|By Glenn Freeman||Sunday, September 23rd 2007, 16:16 GMT|
Mika Hakkinen and Daniel la Rosa have been punished for causing avoidable collisions during Sunday's DTM race at Barcelona.
Hakkinen was considered to be at fault for a collision in the early laps of the race with Martin Tomczyk, while la Rosa was blamed for a collision he had with Audi's other title contender, Mattias Ekstrom.
Hakkinen and Tomczyk were battling for the lead at the start of the race, and on lap seven the pair collided when Hakkinen dived down the inside at the first corner and locked a wheel.
La Rosa's contact with Ekstrom came after the pair had gone side by side through Turn 1, and la Rosa ended up on the grass coming out of the corner.
The German driver then lost control of his Mercedes, and as he rejoined the track at the next corner his car tagged Ekstrom's, forcing them both out of the race.
"I don't understand this penalty," la Rosa told autosport.com. "He did not need to push me on the grass, and after that I was on the brakes. There was nothing more I could do."
Both drivers have been fined, and handed a 10-place grid penalty for the season finale at Hockenheim, while Hakkinen was also fined for not attending the stewards' meeting, as he had already left the circuit.