Shortly before the race: Stapen receives starting place penalty
As the Motorsport World Association FIA announced less than two hours before the start, the 24-year-old red-bull driver is punished that he disregarded the double-pivoted yellow flags at the end of the qualification on Saturday and not like a danger situation prescribed speed dramatically reduced. Accordingly, stages start from the seventh instead of second place and thus far behind the superior Pole setter Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes. For the disregard of simple yellow flags, Latter Boats was also sanctioned. The Mercedes driver is returned three places from the third position. Before the third-largest Grand Prix of the Year on Sunday (15.00 / SKY), stages leads in the overall standings with 14 points before defending champion Hamilton.