Adrian Sutil has been demoted from his eighth place finish by dint of a 20-second time penalty from the race stewards.

The Force India driver had put an excellent recovery performance after a poor qualifying result to finish eighth at the end of the 61-lap race, but a 20-second time penalty was applied post-race when the stewards deemed he had gained an unfair advantage for venturing ‘off-circuit’ at Turn 7 – going around the outside of the corner beyond the rumble strips marking its outer edge.

The penalty demotes Sutil to tenth position, while Nico Hülkenberg moves up to eighth place, and Felipe Massa to ninth place.

This in turn demotes Sutil from his outright ninth position (a position he had just reacquired from Michael Schumacher) to an equal ninth footing in the Drivers’ Championship standings with the pair tied on 46 points apiece, although Schumacher sits ahead on count back.

The move is a double-blow to Force India, which also loses the outright sixth position it held in the Constructors’ Championship to Williams, which now joins the squad on 59 championship points. Williams sits ahead when the team’s highest finish is taken into consideration.

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