Juncadella Reprimanded For Clash With Farfus


After what was a very dramatic race at Circuit Park Zandvoort, there were several incidents that caught the eyes of race control, which included the collision between Mercedes Benz‘s Daniel Juncadella and BMW Motorsport‘s Augusto Farfus.

Farfus ended up retiring after the Spaniard hit his Castrol Edge M4 DTM in a heavy incident  a third of the way through the race. Juncadella was able to continue with slight damage to the front of his Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG Coupé, finishing eighth.

However, the 2012 FIA Formula 3 European Champion was handed a thirty-second penalty, which dropped him down the order to P17. He said that due to Farfus changing direction twice, it meant he could not avoid the eventual contact: “P8 was actually a decent result. We made the right call every time. Unfortunately, this retrospective penalty has dropped me out of the points. Things could have gone even a little bit better overall.”

Juncadella took two top five finishes in the last two races, finishing fifth at the Nürburgring and fourth last time out at Lausitzring, but his feelings were dampened as a result of the penalty issued by race control: “I was pleased with my charge up the field from grid position 21. The penalty has cost me my just reward for all my efforts.” 

The Spaniard, who currently is the test and reserve driver for Sahara Force India, will be looking to end his season on a high in three weeks’ time, when Hockenheim cues the end of a campaign that has been difficult for many.