Abt penalty promotes Frijns into Beijing points

by Paul Hensby

A post-race ten-second penalty for an unsafe release during his pit stop has caused Daniel Abt to lose his ninth place finish in Beijing.

The penalty for the Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport driver promoted Dutchman Robin Frijns into the points at Abt’s expense, while Stephane Sarrazin also moves up as a result into ninth, with Abt falling to eleventh after the penalty that took place during his mandatory pit stop.

Former Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Frijns took his Amlin Andretti back into the points as a result of Abt’s penalty after initially losing the position on the run to the chequered flag after slowing because he was so close to exceeding his maximum useable energy and falling behind Venturi Racing’s Sarrazin.

Abt’s team-mate Lucas di Grassi claimed second in Beijing, while Sarrazin’s team-mate Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 Formula 1 World Champion, finished a lap down in fourteenth position after being spun around by Team Aguri‘s Antonio Felix da Costa on the fourteenth lap.

Frijns’ team-mate Simona de Silvestro retired on the third lap after hitting the barriers after apparently being hit from behind, forcing the series officials to bring out the first ever Full Course Yellow.

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