Stefano Coletti has lost his podium position and Raffaele Marciello his Sprint Race pole after both Racing Engineering drivers were given time penalties after the conclusion of the GP2 Series Feature race in Hungary.
Coletti was given a twenty-second penalty for causing a collision after being deemed responsible for the clash with the Carlin of Julian Leal early in the race that broke the Colombian’s steering causing him to retire. The penalty means the Monegasque driver loses second place and was classified a lowly eighteenth.
Marciello was also given a twenty-second penalty for overtaking under the safety car, after it was proven he had overtaken the ART Grand Prix machine of Stoffel Vandoorne while the safety car was on track. He therefore loses the eighth place finish he had earned after fighting back from a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
Drivers to benefit from the penalised Racing Engineering duo include Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Takuya Izawa, who have moved up into second and third place respectively for Rapax and ART Grand Prix. For Izawa it is his first time being classified in the top three, but unfortunately for the Japanese driver, he will not be able to celebrate up on the podium.
Championship leader Jolyon Palmer is promoted to fourth ahead of Daniel Abt and Felipe Nasr, while Vandoorne moves into seventh ahead of Nathanael Berthon, who for the second year in a row will start the Hungarian Sprint race on pole position. Last year he took his maiden series win in the race, and will be looking to do the same again this time around.
The final two points paying positions in the Feature race are now filled by EQ8 Caterham Racing’s Tom Dillmann and MP Motorsport driver Marco Sorensen.