Sainz given three-place grid penalty

Carlos Sainz has been handed three-place penalty grid after he was found guilty of impeding Felipe Massa during qualifying for the German Grand Prix.

Massa was clearly unimpressed by the incident at the time, ranting to Williams on the radio that the Spaniard spoiled his lap because of his slow driving in Turn 2.

Sainz did, however, try and avoid the incoming Brazilian by moving out the way but he still lost time as he ran wide to refrain from hitting him in the rear.

The race stewards analysed the situation and found the Toro Rosso driver guilty of blocking Massa at the Hockenheimring during Q2.

As a result, the youngster was also issued two penalty points on his F1 super license.

Sainz will now start the German Grand Prix in P16.

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