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Turkish GP: Fisichella penalised

May 09, 2008 18:43 IST

Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella will drop three places on the Turkish Grand Prix starting grid for exiting the pit lane under a red light in Friday practice, stewards said in a statement.

Italian Fisichella has yet to qualify higher than 17th in four races this season while Force India are still searching for their first point in Formula One.

Qualifying for Sunday's race is on Saturday.

Ferrari's [Images] Felipe Massa [Images] led first free practice for the Turkish Grand Prix on Friday while a gearbox problem left championship-leading team mate Kimi Raikkonen [Images] at the other end of the timesheets.

Brazilian Massa, chasing a Turkish hat-trick after winning from pole position at the Istanbul Park circuit for the past two years, set the pace with a fastest lap of one minute, 27.323 seconds.

McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen was second fastest, 0.133 behind.

The Finn, passed fit to race on Thursday, was making his return to the cockpit after a big crash at the previous race in Barcelona.

Britain's Lewis Hamilton [Images], nine points behind world champion Raikkonen in the standings after four races, was third fastest for McLaren.

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