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GP3 Title Contender Vainio Handed Hockenheim Penalty

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Aaro Vainio - Photo Credit: GP3 Media Service

Aaro Vainio's hopes of catching GP3 points leader Mitch Evans at the next round at the Hockenheim have been hit after he picked up a ten-place grid penalty.

After finishing third behind his rival Evans in Saturday's Race 1 at Silverstone, Vainio ended the second race on Sunday in the gravel after running into fellow Finn Matias Laine under braking at Vale.

The stewards found Lotus GP driver Vainio responsible for the collision, and he will be demoted ten places from where he qualifies for the first of the two races at the German venue on 21 July.

Evans also failed to score in Race 2 at Silverstone, meaning he leads Vainio by 11 points after four of the eight race weekends.

Vainio will be one of three Lotus GP drivers to have a grid penalty in Germany, with the French squad's GP2 duo Esteban Gutierrez and James Calado also having been penalised following collisions on Sunday.

Marlon Stockinger was given the same penalty for the collision that ended his race two, when he went off under yellow flags and crashed into the stricken car of Daniel Abt. Antonio Spavone will drop three places for crossing the finish line twice at the end of the race, something a number of other drivers had done earlier in the weekend.

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