Penalties put Pérez in P2

Six drivers have been given a 10-place grid penalty after qualifying today, handing P2 to championship runner-up contender Sergio Pérez.   More importantly for him, his main rival for this position, ART driver Jules Bianchi was also penalized, and will move down from P6 to P14.

Though Pérez will still have to fight with Turvey on a track that suits him quite well (he won here in GP2 Asia), his position is significantly more comfortable to secure 2nd place in the championship.  Bianchi will have to be aggressive and push forward quickly, as the initial laps in this tight circuit will be critical.

The drivers penalized are Dani Clos, Jules Bianchi, Sam Bird, Pastor Maldonado, Giedo van der Garde and Jerome D’Ambrosio.

The new grid for tomorrow’s race (at 8am CET), is:
1. Oliver Turvey – iSport
2. Sergio Perez – Addax
3. Fabio Leimer – Ocean
4. Davide Valsecchi – iSport
5. Luiz Razia – Rapax
6. Romain Grosjean – Dams
7. Adrian Zaugg – Trident
8. Max Chilton – Ocean
9. Michael Herck – DPR
10. Fabrizio Crestani – DPR
11. Dani Clos – Racing Engineering*
12. Rodolfo Gonzalez – Arden
13. Josef Kral – Super Nova
14. Jules Bianchi – ART *
15. Brendon Hartley – Coloni
16. Giedo Van der Garde – Addax *
17. Charles Pic – Arden
18. Sam Bird – ART  *
19. Marcus Ericsson – Super Nova
20. James Jakes – Coloni 
21. Ho Pin Tung – Racing Engineering
22. Pastor Maldonado – Rapax *
23. Federico Leo – Trident
24. Jerome D’Ambrosio – Dams *

* 10-place grid penalty

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2 Responses to Penalties put Pérez in P2

  1. Alexander Rossi says:

    What were the penalties for?

    • gp2 insider says:

      Penalties… well depending on who you believe, it was for running the red light on the pit exit, after the qualifying session had ended. I saw some comments from Dani Clos saying the marshalls had waved them through only to get from the GP paddock to the support series paddock and that they were not trying to put in another extra timed lap, as the stewards argued. If 8 drivers did it, something out of the ordinary must have really happened…

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