Monday, 11 April 2011

Buemi Explains Penalty

Sebastien Buemi received a 10 second stop-and-go penalty during the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday for exceeding the pit lane speed limit.

The Swiss driver explained after the race that he thought the speed limiter in his Toro Rosso had not activated, and so pressed the button again, inadvertently disabling it.

Usually, speeding in the pit lane will be penalised by a drive-through penalty rather than a stop-and-go, but the decision was probably made due the driver exceeding the 100kph speed limit by as much as 20kph. A decision Buemi described as "a bit severe".

Had it not been for the penalty, Buemi would probably have been challenging for points at the end of the race, but instead he came home in 13th place, one position ahead of his team mate Jaime Alguesuari.

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