Lewis Hamilton [ Images ] fell foul of the Formula One stewards once again Friday when he was handed a three-place penalty on the starting grid for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix [ Images ] after ignoring yellow warning flags in first practice.
The McLaren [ Images ] driver had set the fastest lap, in the final seconds, in the first ever session run at the Buddh International circuit.
Sauber's Mexican Sergio Perez was also handed a similar sanction after stewards ruled he had committed the same offence of ignoring double waved yellow flags at turn 16 while a car was being recovered by marshals in close proximity to the track.
The sanction ended Hamilton's hopes of a second successive pole position Saturday after qualifying fastest in the last race in South Korea.
It also boosted Red Bull's chances of setting a Formula One record of 16 poles in a single season. The champions have already chalked up 15.
Hamilton has made regular appearances in front of the stewards this season after a series of crashes and controversies.
One of the four stewards for Sunday's grand prix is Hamilton's fellow-Briton and former racer Johnny Herbert.