Raikkonen escapes penalty, moves up 3rd
Kimi Raikkonen has escaped a potential corner-cutting penalty following Belgian Grand Prix qualifying.
The stewards were investigating whether the Lotus driver had gained an advantage by going beyond the track limits at Eau Rouge in Q3, but ruled he had not.
“Although car #9 left the track at Turns 3 and 4 (not only on this lap but also on another lap in Q3) a detailed examination of telemetry and sector times clearly indicate there was no advantage gained because the exit speed was shown to be slower than on other laps where the car did not leave the track,” said a statement from the officials.
Raikkonen was fourth-fastest in qualifying, but is set to move up to third following a blocking penalty for initial third-place man Pastor Maldonado.
Pos Driver Car 1. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 3. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 4. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 6. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 7. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 8. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 9. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 10. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 12. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 13. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 14. Felipe Massa Ferrari 15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 18. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 19. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 20. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 21. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 22. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 23. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth
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