Shwartzman reclaims podium after having penalty revoked

Robert Shwartzman - Credit: Clement Luck / DPPI

Russian teenager Robert Shwartzman has regained his podium finish in the opening Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race at Estoril.

The SMP Racing-backed Josef Kaufmann Racing driver had initially been handed a twenty-five second penalty for overtaking during one of the safety car phases, with Shwartzman being relegated to thirteenth in the final results as a result.

But following a further investigation after the race, stewards deemed that Shwartzman’s penalty was unjustified and rescinded the penalty, ensuring he regained the third position and the fifteen points that goes with it.

The reinstatement of Shwartzman means that Alexander James Peroni loses his podium finish on his series debut, but the TS Corse driver will still be delighted with the outcome of his maiden race in the championship after a number of strong laps and positive overtakes.

Henrique Chaves’ penalty for overtaking during a safety car phase was upheld, although his penalty cost him nothing as he was already last on the road when the penalty was applied.

Dorian Boccolacci, Harrison Scott, Sacha Fenestraz, Bruno Baptista, Marcus Armstrong and Jehan Daruvala now complete the top ten, with Will Palmer having claimed his maiden victory in the championship ahead of Hugo de Sadeleer following a last lap collision between Lando Norris and Max Defourny.