Tonio Liuzzi handed five-place grid penalty for Singapore GP
HRT driver given five-place grid penalty for Singapore after the incident at the start of Sunday's race at Monza
HRT’s Tonio Liuzzi has been handed a five-place grid penalty for the Singapore Grand Prix following his part in the carnage at the start of the Italian Grand Prix.
The Italian driver lost control of his car under braking for the first corner, going over the grass before hitting the cars going through the first chicane as he rejoined the track.
Liuzzi’s race was immediately over, along with Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Renault’s Vitaly Petrov, while Toro Rosso’s SÃ©bastien Buemi and Williams’ Rubens Barrichello both suffered damage to their cars.
“I was really looking forward to my home race and, although I knew it was going to be tough, it all ended prematurely,” Liuzzi said.
“I had a good start getting past both Virgins, Lotuses and Daniel but then I went for another overtaking manoeuvre and got closed out.
“That put me into the grass and once I was there I tried to slow down but completely lost control of the car and unfortunately hit other cars.
“I am really sorry for Petrov, Rosberg and the other drivers who were forced to retire because of this. Now it’s over but we are fighters and we have to look ahead to the next race.”
Liuzzi’s penalty will almost certainly guarantee that he will start in last place for the race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in two weeks’ time.