Rubens Barrichello was disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix after he jumped the pit-lane red light towards the end of the race. The Honda driver finished the race in sixth place, however television images confirmed that the Brazilian driver had left the pit-lane whilst the red light was still showing during a safety car period.
The disqualification means that Kazuki Nakajima moved up into sixth place, Sebastien Bourdais to seventh, and Kimi Raikkonen to eighth, despite not finishing the race.
Despite his disappointment at being disqualified from the Grand Prix, Barrichello has said that he was pleased with how most of the race went as the car was reliable, and he was challenging for points.
“Although the final race of today s race is so disappointing, I am really pleased with my performance and that we were able to get the best out of the car,â€ Barrichello explained. “It was a crazy race today and I lost control of the front damper after the first pit stop so my race was more difficult from there. It is tough to finish the day like this.
“The signs from the weekend show that this car has great potential and the guys back at the factory have done a fantastic job over the last few weeks on it s development. It was good to complete a full race distance to increase our understanding of the car. We will not look forward to Malaysia and optimising the performance of the car there.â€