The stewards have handed Brazilian driver Felipe Nasr a three-place grid drop for the feature race at the Bahrain International Circuit. The Carlin driver was handed the penalty for making an abnormal change of direction alongside another driver.
Nasr, who made his Formula 1 free practice, made an apparent move towards Trident Racing’s Johnny Cecotto Jr at turn four during qualifying when the Venezuelan appeared to hold the Brazilian up during a hot lap. The penalty drops him from eighth to eleventh on the grid, promoting Raffaele Marciello to eighth, Arthur Pic to ninth and Jon Lancaster into the top ten.
Earlier, Nasr commented about his first experience driving an F1 car in an official practice session. He had tested for Williams for a day at the same track last month.
“It was a really enjoyable session; it’s been a long time since I was in the car here in testing so it took time for me to get back into the F1 mode,” said Nasr. “It’s also new for me to have all the cars on the track at the same time. The track is still improving so we were struggling for grip but that’s something everybody else would have experienced, it was quite different from testing.
“The track conditions also limited my time out there as there is little we can learn, the track will change so much before the race. I learnt a lot about the process, how the session works, what to expect and I also practiced a start and a pit stop so that was a great experience for me. I am looking forward for the next one.”