F1: Buemi gets grid penalty for next Grand Prix

F1 crash LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC
Sébastien Buemi (right) received a grid penalty for the next race, after officials reviewed his crash with Nick Heidfeld.

By ADAM COOPER on 7/24/2011

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Sébastien Buemi has received a five-place grid penalty for next weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix after a collision with Nick Heidfeld.

The Renault driver crashed out spectacularly after hitting the back of the Toro Rosso.

Ironically, the German had himself been awarded a drive-through penalty for an earlier collision with Paul di Resta. The Buemi crash put him out of the race before he could take it, but it will not be converted into a grid penalty for Hungary.

“He blocked the left-hand side, as he is allowed to do, but when I went to his right-hand side, he just moved over on me," said Heidfeld. “He must have known I was there. I had a lot more speed than him and was on my way to pass. He just didn't give me any room and pushed me on to the grass, and after that, there was nothing I could do. It was an accident which couldn't be avoided. It's never nice being up in the air in one of these cars, and it could have been dangerous.”

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