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FIA publishes amended Spa grid

The FIA has published a provisional grid for Sunday's race following the penalties dished out to Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Timo Glock and Sebastien Buemi after qualifying.

The main beneficiary is the Lotus team. Drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli set the 16th and 18th best times in qualifying, but have been promoted to 13th and 15th as a result of the penalties.

Lotus's qualifing performance is the best for the team since Johnny Herbert and Alex Zanardi qualified fourth and 13th in Italy in 1994.

Ahead of them, Jaime Alguersuari and Vitantonio Liuzzi have taken 11th and 12th with the Toro Rosso driver starting from the best grid spot of his career.

As the penalties for Schumacher and Rosberg were already set in stone before the start of the session, they dropped from 11th and 12th to 21st and 17th immediately.

However, as a result of the three and five-place drops for Buemi and Glock afterwards, Rosberg has been promoted back up to 14th. The reshuffle has also given Hispania its best F1 grid spot with Bruno Senna 18th.


Pos Driver                Team
 1. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault
 2. Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes
 3. Robert Kubica         Renault
 4. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault
 5. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes
 6. Felipe Massa          Ferrari
 7. Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth
 8. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes
 9. Nico Hulkenberg       Williams-Cosworth
10. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari
11. Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari
12. Vitantonio Liuzzi     Force India-Mercedes
13. Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth
14. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              *
15. Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Cosworth
16. Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari    **
17. Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari
18. Bruno Senna           HRT-Cosworth
19. Sakon Yamamoto        HRT-Cosworth
20. Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       ***
21. Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              ****
22. Pedro de la Rosa      Sauber-Ferrari
23. Lucas di Grassi       Virgin-Cosworth
24. Vitaly Petrov         Renault

*   Five-place penalty for gearbox change
**  Three-place penalty for impeding Rosberg
*** Five-place penalty for impeding Yamamoto
*** 10-place penalty for Barrichello incident in Hungary
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