Haryanto Given Grid Penalty For Calado Collision In Valencia

Rio Haryanto - Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service

Rio Haryanto has been given a five-place grid penalty for the next round of the GP2 Series at Silverstone for his collision with James Calado as he moved for the lead of the Valencia sprint race.

The Indonesian youngster impressed throughout the race to hold on to the back of Calado, but his race ended when he collided with Calado after trying to pass at the turn 12 chicane.

The stewards placed the blame for the collision at Haryanto's door, and the Carlin driver will start the Silverstone feature race five places lower down from where he qualifies.

“I had a great race until the incident that took me out,” said Haryanto before being handed the penalty.

“I knew we had the pace to win today and I had to take that opportunity. Unfortunately it didn't work for me today but that's what racing is about. I think it was a still a great weekend for the whole team.”

Teammate Max Chilton ran third behind Haryanto for much of the race, but dropped to fourth by the finish.

“What a tough race,” said the Reigate-born racer.

“The start was a bit scrappy but I held on well to run third for most of it. After Rio's crash I had to defend for a lot of the race but ultimately came home with more points – after all that's what counts in the championship.”