Carlin hopeful Giovinazzi penalty will be overturned

The Carlin team are hoping new evidence will lead to the penalty given to Antonio Giovinazzi during the qualification race for the Macau Grand Prix being overturned.

Giovinazzi had taken the chequered flag first in Macau after passing Felix Rosenqvist on track after a safety car intervention, only to be handed a twenty-second penalty, in lieu of a drive-through penalty, for causing a collision with Fortec MotorsportsDaniel Juncadella on the opening lap which saw the Spaniard and three other drivers retire on the spot.

Carlin believe on-board footage from cars will aid them, and although they are not within their rights to appeal, the officials can change their minds if an injustice has been served.

Carlin believe there is footage that shows Juncadella moving slightly across on Giovinazzi, who was half a cars length back on the Spaniard at the time, which caused the incident between the two and saw the carnage behind also end the races of Alexander Albon, Ryan Tveter and Callum Ilott.

“There’s not one mark on our car, and Antonio said he didn’t feel a thing,” said team boss Trevor Carlin. “He had no intention of trying to overtake Juncadella at that point.”