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Felix sent to back of the grid for Saturday

Felix's incident-packed start to the 2011 Macau Grand Prix weekend took another turn for the worse on Thursday afternoon, after event officials decided to send him to the back of the grid for Saturday's Qualification Race as a result of the accident in this morning's free practice session.

The Stewards judged that Felix had passed another car under yellow flags, before "colliding heavily" with the rear of Marko Asmer whilst still in the caution zone. In doing so, he was in breach of Appendix H, Article 2.4.5 1b of the International Sporting Code, and will have to start from the back of the grid on Saturday - regardless of where he qualifies.

Seven other drivers - Asmer, Hironobu Yasuda, Kevin Magnussen, Carlos Sainz Jr., Laurens Vanthoor, Carlos Munoz and provisional Pole-sitter Roberto Merhi - will drop three places on the same grid after receiving penalties for crossing the yellow line on the exit of the pitlane.

Magnussen was also hit by a second penalty for his part in the morning accident, when the Dane in turn hit the back of Felix's wrecked car. As a result, Magnussen will start the Qualification Race right in front of Felix from the last row of the grid.   

The Stewards have implied that further penalties may be handed out later this evening.



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