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2015-06-07 10:45

ALAN BALDWIN

TROUBLE FOR FERRARI: Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel will start the 2015 Canadian GP in 15th place. Image: AP / Ryan Remiorz

MONTREAL, Canada - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has been given a five-place grid penalty for the 2015 Canadian GP on Sunday (June 7).

He was penalised for overtaking while red warning flags were displayed in a disrupted final practice.

The demotion has sent Vettel even further down the grid after an engine problem in qualifying put him in 15th place.

VERSTAPPEN PENALTY

Vettel would have been 16th but 17-year-old Max Verstappen, who qualified 12th, received a 15-place penalty - five places as a result of a 2015 Monaco GP crash and a further 10 for exceeding his season's allocation of four engines.

Verstappen also has a 10-second penalty to be taken at his first pit stop.

Vettel, a four-times F1 champion with Red Bull, was also handed three penalty points for passing Roberto Merhi's Manor after the session had been stopped because Jenson Button's McLaren was stranded on the track.

His team mate Kimi Raikkonen will start third on the grid.

Ferrari has not won in Montreal, at a circuit named after the team's late great Gilles Villeneuve, since Michael Schumacher in 2004 but had hoped to close the gap to Mercedes after performance upgrades on its power units.

Vettel, who has been on the podium in five of his first six races for Ferrari and won in Malaysia, had earlier told reporters he believed he could still have a good race on Sunday.

Vettel said: "We had a problem where we couldn't get full power. Obviously we were losing a lot on the straights, which is a shame. We have a quick car so we should be able to make up a lot of ground."

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