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Pic handed drive-through penalty for race

ESPN Staff
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Charles Pic will have to take his penalty in the first five laps of the race © Sutton Images
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Charles Pic has been handed a drive-through penalty for tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix after ignoring a red light during qualifying.

The pit lane was closed when the brakes on Jean-Eric Vergne's Toro Rosso caught fire during Q1, causing a red flag out on track. However, Pic passed the red light at the end of the pit lane five seconds after it was closed, and as a result was called before the stewards.

Having been reprimanded for ignoring a red light calling him to the weighbridge in Korea - which ultimately led to him receiving a 10-place grid penalty in Japan - the stewards handed out the unusual penalty.

The stewards' decision read: "Car 20 crossed the pit exit line at 14:17:10. The red light was at 14:17:05. It is noted this is the second consecutive event in which the driver has driven through a red light."

Pic will have to take his drive-through penalty during the opening five laps of the race.