Panis loses fourth place

BAR's Olivier Panis has lost his fourth place in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix for overtaking the Sauber of Nick Heidfeld under a yellow caution flag.

Panis loses fourth place

Stewards at Melbourne's Albert Park circuit have added 25 seconds to the Frenchman's race time, demoting him down to seventh place.

Jos Verstappen in the Arrows was also given a 25-second penalty, although this doesn't affect the Dutchman's overall position in the race and he maintains his 10th spot.

The penalties were in lieu of stop-go penalties that would have been given to the drivers had there been enough time left in the race to do so. However the penalties were handed out in the closing laps of the race. Since there wasn't enough time to enforce a stop-go, a 25-second penalty was given out as an estimated figure calculated to include the time slowing down and accelerating out of the pits following a stop-go.

Following Panis' penalty, Heidfeld now moves up into fourth place and three world championship points. BAR's rival works Honda team Jordan sees its driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen move up to fifth.

Kimi Raikkonen in the second Sauber scores the remaining world championship point, making the young Finn become the 50th Grand Prix racer to score a point on his debut. The last driver to accomplish such a feat was Pedro de la Rosa in the same race in 1999.

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