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FIA confirms provisional Indian GP grid

The FIA has confirmed the provisional grid for the Indian Grand Prix with the raft of penalties having left onlookers unsure about the exact order of positions after qualifying.

With no fewer than five drivers having penalties for technical or sporting penalties, it was left to the stewards to work through the rule book to confirm the line-up.

While Lewis Hamilton's three-place drop to fifth and Sergio Perez's similar demotion to 20th were fairly straightforward, the order behind was not so sure.

However, the stewards have ruled that Daniel Ricciardo's five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change means he will start from 22nd, while Narain Karthikeyan starts 23rd.

Timo Glock will start last because he failed to set a time within 107 per cent of the quickest time in Q1.

The full grid is:

Pos  Driver                Team
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault
 2.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault
 3.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari
 4.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes
 5.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari
 7.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes
 8.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes
 9.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari
10.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari
11.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes
12.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes
13.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth
14.  Bruno Senna           Renault
15.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth
16.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault
17.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault
19.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault
20.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari
21.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth
22.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth
24.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth

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