It would seem that the FIA stewards were a little busy after qualifying, with Kamui Kobayashi slapped with a five-place grid penalty and four other drivers reprimanded for various indiscretions.

Derek Warwick Kobayashi was demoted five placed from his 18th-placed grid slot after failing to drive to the FIA weighbridge after Q2 – the Japanese driver appeared not to see the red light as he entered the pit lane and continued to the Sauber team garages.

Consequently, he was penalised five places on the starting grid for his actions, although he remained adamant he “just didn’t see it”.

Furthermore, four other drivers were given reprimands for failing to stay above the minimum lap time set by the FIA ECU during qualifying.

The rule – recently introduced to prevent drivers going too slowly around the circuit and holding up a faster rival – state that “drivers must stay below the maximum time set by the FIA between the safety car line after the pit exit and safety car line before the pit entry”.

Renault’s Vitaly Petrov, HRT’s Sakon Yamamoto, Virgin’s Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi were all reprimanded for driving too slowly following the end of segments in qualifying.

The maximum permissible interval time in Hungary was 1m26s, a time just six-tenths quicker than Yamamoto’s fastest lap in Q1!

The drivers’ representative on this weekend’s stewards’ panel is former Grand Prix driver Derek Warwick (pictured).

[Original image via Sutton Images]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.