Formula One

 
    === Maldonado's penalty elevates Alonso to seventh for Brazilian GP ===
 
 Sao  Paulo, Brazil (Sports Network) - Formula One world championship contender
 Fernando  Alonso  will start one  position higher for Sunday's Brazilian Grand
 Prix due to Pastor Maldonado's 10-spot grid penalty.
 
 Race stewards penalized Maldonado for failing to have his Williams car weighed
 in the FIA garage area following Saturday's qualifying session. Maldonado, who
 qualified sixth, received a reprimand for the infraction, but since it was his
 third  reprimand  of the 2012  season, the  Venezuelan was handed the penalty,
 which dropped him to 16th on the grid.
 
 Alonso,  who  trails two-time defending  world champion Sebastian Vettel by 13
 points, qualified eighth. The Ferrari driver will now start seventh.
 
 Lewis  Hamilton won  the  pole,  while his  McLaren  teammate, Jenson  Button,
 qualified second. Red Bull drivers Mark Webber and Vettel will start third and
 fourth, respectively, and Felipe Massa from Ferrari will roll off fifth.
 
 Nico  Hulkenberg will place his Force India sixth on the grid. Starting eighth
 through  10th  will be: Kimi Raikkonen  from Lotus, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and
 Hulkenberg's teammate, Paul di Resta.
 
 11/24 17:51:58 ET

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