Seven penalised after illegal DRS deployment at Spa

by Paul Hensby

A total of seven drivers were handed ten-second penalties after the Sprint race at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday after being found guilty of using their Drag Reduction System (DRS) illegally.

This was bad news in particular for Alex Lynn and Jordan King, who after finishing inside the points in sixth and seventh on Sunday morning, now find themselves tenth and twelfth respectively.

Sergey Sirotkin, Daniel de Jong, Arthur Pic, Nabil Jeffri and Jimmy Eriksson were also handed ten-second penalties after all seven drivers were found to have used their DRS system on the opening lap of the race, when the regulations dictate that it only becomes available after two complete laps of racing.

ART Grand Prix’s Sirotkin had also been handed a penalty for the reckless move on the final lap that spun Russian Time driver Artem Markelov out of the final point at the final chicane as he attempted to pass the MP Motorsport machine of Oliver Rowland.

Lynn and King’s demotion from the points and Sirotkin’s double penalty means Sergio Canamasas moves up to seventh for Carlin, while the final point now goes to Norman Nato of Racing Engineering, who had started right at the back of the field after mechanical issues in Saturday’s Feature race.

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