Further Sprint Race Punishment for Rowland at Silverstone


Oliver Rowland was handed a post-race time penalty for his actions on the final lap restart at Silverstone - Credit: Malcolm Griffiths/FIA Formula 2

After seeing his chances of points disappear in-race thanks to a five-second time penalty for forcing Artem Markelov off track on lap one, Oliver Rowland fell further down the finishing order at Silverstone after being adjudged to have impeded his rivals on the final lap safety car restart.

Rowland was heard over the radio telling his team that he would hold up the field ahead of the final lap restart following the late race safety car that was called upon due to Ralph Boschung crashing on the Hangar Straight on lap seventeen, and he fell more than five seconds behind Nicholas Latifi and Luca Ghiotto up front, but the stewards deemed what the DAMS driver did to be against the regulations.

Subsequently, Rowland was handed a post-race twenty-second time penalty, which on top of his five-second penalty from earlier in the race, meant he fell to seventeenth in the final standings, ahead only of Nabil Jeffri.

As a consequence of the race results, Rowland has slipped to third place in the championship, four points behind Markelov but more importantly for the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team test driver, seventy-one points behind Prema Racing’s Charles Leclerc.