Nico Hülkenberg has also been handed a 20-second time penalty following a protest from the Force India team after the Singapore Grand Prix.
The Vijay Mallya-owned outfit protested Hülkenberg’s promotion to eighth place after its own driver, Adrian Sutil, was bumped from eighth to tenth for having gained an advantage from using the outer track area at Turn 7 on the opening lap of the race.
Force India was successfully able to argue that Hülkenberg had gained a similar advantage from cutting a corner, and is again reminiscent of the German’s chicane-cutting antics at the last round in Italy, for which he escape without a penalty.
Sutil’s penalty demoted him to tenth, but he is now promoted to ninth as a result of Hülkenberg’s penalty, which sees the German drop to tenth.
The key beneficiary was Felipe Massa, who crossed the line in tenth, but is now classified eighth.
The penalty moves Force India back in front of Williams on the Constructors’ Championship standings, and also moves Sutil back in front of Michael Schumacher on the Drivers’ Championship standings. Hülkenberg, meanwhile, drops behind Vitaly Petrov on the Drivers’ Championship standings.