Celis Jr handed grid penalty following race one clashes


Alfonso Celis Jr will lose five places on the grid for Sunday’s second Formula V8 3.5 Series race at the Hungaroring due to being found guilty of causing two crashes during Saturday’s opener.

The Mexican was involved in a first lap incident with SMP Racing’s Matevos Isaakyan, and then an eighth lap clash with Arden Motorsport’s Egor Orudzhev that eliminated both drivers from the race.

The clash with Isaakyan saw the AVF driver handed a two-place grid penalty, while the second incident with Orudzhev saw Celis Jr, the reserve driver for the Sahara Force India Formula 1 team in 2016, receive an additional three-place penalty.

The clash with Orudzhev was even more galling for Celis Jr and AVF, as it caused a safety car period that ultimately meant that a small mistake by team-mate Tom Dillmann was punished by Johnny Cecotto Jr, after the Frenchman was leading the race comfortably before the intervention of the safety car bunched the field up.