Di Resta penalised over change of accelerator

Updated: 08 September 2012 17:07 IST

British Formula One driver Paul di Resta will be relegated five places on the grid for the Italian Grand Prix because of a change of accelerator it was announced on Saturday.

Monza, Italy:

British Formula One driver Paul di Resta will be relegated five places on the grid for the Italian Grand Prix because of a change of accelerator it was announced on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Force India driver - who is 15th in the overall standings with 28 points - had to have his accelerator changed after last Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

Under the rules drivers can only change their accelerators after a minimum of five races.

Di Resta - whose best finish in 12 races this season has been sixth in the Bahrain Grand Prix - will be dropped five places after final qualifying later on Saturday.

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