Salo slams 25-second penalty decision

Toyota driver Mika Salo has voiced his dismay over receiving a 25-second penalty for his part in a pit lane incident that almost caused a collision with the Jaguar of Pedro de la Rosa

Salo slams 25-second penalty decision

Both Salo and de la Rosa pitted together while battling over 13th position. Jaguar completed a faster stop, and de la Rosa looked certain to overtake when Salo was released from his pit and drove straight into his path, causing Pedro to swerve and brake to avoid a collision.

"I had a close call with de la Rosa in the pitlane, which I have been penalised for," said Salo. "I drove a good race today and kept off some pressure towards the end, so I am not happy about losing 25 seconds for what I think was normal."

Salo's penalty promoted de la Rosa to 13th and his team-mate Allan McNish to 14th. Salo also had to drive the last 20 laps in discomfort after his on-board fire extinguisher went off.

Despite the penalty, Toyota Motorsport president Ove Andersson put a positive spin on his team's performance.

"People have varying conceptions on what makes a success, but I can definitely say that this is a success for Panasonic Toyota Racing in spite of the 25-second fine that was imposed on Mika," he said.

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