Roberto Merhi and seven other drivers hit with penalties in Macau GP
|By Jonathan Noble||Thursday, November 17th 2011, 10:12 GMT|
Roberto Merhi, who secured provisional pole position for the Macau Grand Prix, is one of seven drivers who have been handed grid penalties for crossing the pitlane exit line on Thursday.
The Spaniard, whose afternoon was also affected when he crashed into the back of rival Felix Rosenqvist towards the end of first qualifying, will be moved three places down the grid for Saturday's qualifying race after he was judged to have crossed the yellow line at the pitlane exit.
Carlos Munoz, Laurens Vanthoor, Carlos Sainz Jr., Marko Asmer, and Rosenqvist were also given three place grid penalties, while Hironobu Yasuda was given a six-place penalty for breaching the rules twice.
As well as being punished for the pitlane line, Rosenqvist will also have to start at the back of the grid after be was judged to have overtaken a car under yellow flags and crashed into another car during his free practice incident on Thursday morning.
Kevin Magnussen will start just ahead of Rosenqvist after he was judged to have ignored yellow flags when he crashed into the Mucke Motorsport car while the Swedish driver was trying to get out.