Markelov, Latifi lose points finishes after VSC penalties

Artem Markelov - Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service

Artem Markelov and Nicholas Latifi have both been handed retrospective drive-through penalties after the Sprint race at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Sunday after both were found guilty of failing to slow down fast enough when the Virtual Safety Car was called upon.

Stewards deemed that both drivers took more than four seconds to ‘remove the pressure from the throttle pedal’, which gave the stewards cause for concern and which necessitated the penalties.

Russian Time driver Markelov had driven strongly throughout the race, and looked to have clinched a fifth place finish, but the twenty-second time penalty applied to the Russian’s time drops him to tenth.

DAMS driver Latifi had inherited eighth place as a result of penalties for both Gustav Malja and Oliver Rowland during the race, but now falls down to fifteenth due to the penalty of his own.

Malja now returns to the points in seventh for Rapax, while Marvin Kirchhöfer takes the final point for Carlin in eighth.