Petrov penalised for start accident

Vitaly Petrov will lose five places on the grid of the Korean Grand Prix for his accident at the start of the Japanese GP

Petrov penalised for start accident

The Renault driver made contact with Williams's Nico Hulkenberg as he swerved to the left as the cars were getting up to speed. Petrov ended up crashing into the wall, with Hulkenberg also retiring with a damaged car.

The stewards decided Petrov was to blame and imposed a penalty on him for the next race.

Meanwhile, Ferrari's Felipe Massa escaped penalty following his crash into Force India's Tonio Liuzzi at the start.

The incident was under investigation, but the stewards deemed it was just a racing accident.

Liuzzi said on the crash: "I had a great start and passed five or six cars before the first corner and thought I was pretty safe but then when I went into turn one I saw Felipe coming up on the inside - I don't know if he had broken something on the car but he seemed to come into my side like a bullet.

"I don't think he was in control of the car at the time, but it's a shame as it's another first corner accident and then retirement for me."

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