Cassidy penalty promotes Russell to Norisring podium


Nick Cassidy - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Nick Cassidy has lost his podium position from race one at the Norisring after being handed a five second time penalty for not adhering to the safety car regulations.

The Prema Powerteam driver was adjudged to not have kept the correct line behind the second safety car period during Saturday’s opening race, and as such the five-second penalty demotes the New Zealander to sixth.

The penalty for Cassidy promotes fourth placed finisher George Russell of the Hitech GP team to the podium, while Prema’s Ralf Aron and Hitech’s Ben Barnicoat also see themselves move up a place.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Callum Ilott will drop a further five places on the grid for Saturday’s second race after being penalised for causing the collision that eliminated both himself and then race leader Joel Eriksson in race one. Ilott had been attacking Lance Stroll for second but missed his braking point, striking the rear of the Eriksson’s Motopark entry.  Ilott had already taken a ten-place grid penalty in all three Norisring races for an engine change.

Sergio Sette Câmara has also been handed a five-place grid penalty for causing a collision with Motopark team-mate Guanyu Zhou, while Van Amersfoort Racing duo Harrison Newey and Pedro Piquet will both drop three places on the grid for causing collisions.