Fernando Alonso has once again benefited from a grid penalty, although this one was outside the control of Ferrari.
Having qualified sixth Pastor Maldonado was given a reprimand after missing a weight check during qualifying, and as it was his third of the year, the Williams driver has earned a 10-place grid penalty under Article 18.2 of the sporting regulations. An automatic penalty results from three reprimands within a season.
Alonso now moves up from eighth on the grid to seventh, which is exactly what happened in Austin last week, although the change from the dirty to clean side created an extra impact.
The top eight now reads Hamilton, Button, Webber, Vettel, Massa, Hulkenberg, Alonso and Raikkonen.
No action was taken by the FIA on the incident involving Pedro de la Rosa and Romain Grosjean.