Following Rubens Barrichello’s gesticulation as he drove down the Singapore pitlane earlier today, the actions that caused Rubens to wave have been dealt with by the stewards; Nick Heidfeld has received a three-grid slot penalty for impeding Barrichello. It has been suggested by the drivers that the pitlane entrance requires even further investigation after they have found it difficult to negotiate slower moving cars entering the lane. The deceleration zone has already been moved once, and it is unlikely to get another shift before tomorrow’s race.
It wasn’t all one-sided though, as Barrichello has to cough up €10,000 to the FIA for not using the pitlane entrance deceleration zone correctly. The Honda driver was hampered by Heidfeld and decided to come into the pits at the last moment, not moving his car offline prior to slowing down to the mandatory speed.
The last part of the circuit was so tight and I watched the mirrors but you don’t see cars coming. When I saw him [Rubens] I tried to do the best I could to get out of the way. After the white line I tried to be as quick into the pitlane without moving completely right and going into his way. It was the best I could do. But apparently not enough. Nick Heidfeld.
These penalties put Rubens out of pocket and Nick back in ninth, promoting Sebastian Vettel, Timo Glock and Nico Rosberg up one place each.