Trulli fined for confrontation with Sutil
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Last Updated: Monday, October 19, 2009, 16:04
Sao Paolo: The aggressive confrontation with Force India driver Adrian Sutil today hit Jarno Trulli in the pocket as he was slapped with a USD 10,000 fine for the showdown that followed their opening lap tangle in yesterday's Brazilian Grand Prix here.

On lap one, Toyota's Trulli got into a tangle with Sutil while attempting a move on the German driver and after considering video evidence, the stewards decided not to take any further action, calling it a regular racing incident.

Trulli was subsequently found guilty of "failing to leave the track as required by the marshals immediately after the incident and aggressively confronting Sutil", which amounted to breaching Article 151 (c) of the 2009 FIA International Sporting Code, which rules against "any act prejudicial to the interests of any competition or to the interests of motor sport generally."

"Consequently he was reprimanded and fined USD 10,000," the FIA said in a statement.

Trying to overtake Sutil, who himself was struggling to control his car after Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari had brushed his wheel, Trulli put a wheel on the grass and went spinning.

The Italian nearly came to blows with Sutil after the incident.

McLaren driver Heikki Kovalainen and his team also copped penalties.

With the safety car deployed following the Trulli-Sutil crash, another drama was on in the pit-lane where Kovalainen came out when his fuel hose was still attached to the car and McLaren were fined USD 50,000 for the unsafe pit-stop.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, October 19, 2009, 16:04

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