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Heikki Kovalainen hit with five-place penalty for Malaysian Grand Prix

Heikki Kovalainen, LotusHeikki Kovalainen will lose five places on the grid of the Malaysian Grand Prix after being penalised following the race in Australia.

The Caterham driver, who retired from the Melbourne race, was found to be in breach of Article 40.8 of the sporting regulations.

The rules say no driver can overtake another car until he passes the first safety car line for the first time when the safety car is returning to the pits.

Kovalainen overtook two cars before that and will therefore lose five places on the grid at Sepang.

Kovalainen wrote on Twitter afterwards: "Tough day today, never mind one of those races that happen sometimes, bit harsh penalty from stewards for the next race but that's life too!"

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