Rio Haryanto will serve a three-place grid penalty for the Australian Grand Prix after being found guilty of causing a collision in the pit lane with Romain Grosjean during final practice on Saturday morning.
Manor Racing’s Haryanto clashed with Haas F1 Team driver Grosjean as the duo were exiting the pit lane early during the session, with the Indonesian driver damaging the front wing of his MRT05 in the incident, while Grosjean was forced to wait in the garage while his mechanics changed the floor of his VF-16.
Haryanto appeared not to see Grosjean in the fast lane of the pit lane, with the two then colliding, with the stewards at Albert Park deeming that Haryanto ‘did not pay attention to the approaching car that was in the fast lane’.
As well as the three-place grid penalty, Haryanto has also become the first driver to incur penalty points in 2016, with two penalty points being added to his Superlicence, with any driver that exceeds twelve in a twelve month period being banned for one race.
Haryanto will become Indonesia’s first Formula 1 driver this weekend, after beating the likes of Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi to the Manor Racing drive alongside Pascal Wehrlein.