Callum Ilott and Anthoine Hubert have both been disqualified from the results of race two of the GP3 Series round at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Sunday after both were found guilty of tyre pressure offences.
Both of their left-rear tyres were deemed to be below the minimum pressure required by tyre supplier Pirelli and as a result the scrutineers had no option but to exclude them.
The ART Grand Prix duo had finished third and fourth on Sunday, but the final spot on the podium has now been taken by their team-mate Nikita Mazepin, with the Russian now moving up to second place in the championship standings as a result.
Ironcially, the result extends Hubert’s advantage in the championship from twenty-seven to thirty-one points, but his closest challenger is now Mazepin rather than Ilott with two rounds and four races of the season still to come.
Jake Hughes moves up to fourth in the final result ahead of Trident’s David Beckmann, while Tatiana Calderón now has her best ever finish in the GP3 Series with sixth for Jenzer Motorsport ahead of Campos Racing duo Leonardo Pulcini and Simo Laaksonen, who take the final two positions inside the points.
“Following today’s GP3 Series Race 2 at Monza, Italy, post-race scrutineering determined that both Callum Ilott and Anthoine Hubert – who finished third and fourth respectively – were both in breach of the official tyre pressure limits,” read the statement from GP3 Series officials.
“The left-rear tyre of both ART Grand Prix drivers were below the minimum pressure specified by the official tyre supplier, and as a result both drivers have been excluded from the final race results.
“As such, Nikita Mazepin has been promoted into third position, with every driver thereafter moving up two positions – with Campos Racing pair Leonardo Pulcini and Simo Laaksonen being elevated into the points-paying positions.”
Another driver to be penalised was Devlin DeFrancesco, who was deemed to be responsible for the first lap collision that eliminated both Juan Manuel Correa and Gabriel Aubry.
The MP Motorsport driver was handed a post-race twenty second penalty for pushing Correa off the road on the run down to the Ascari chicane, while Aubry was unfortunate to be caught up in the incident, with his car coming to rest in the gravel trap.
DeFrancesco finished thirteenth on the road, but with the penalty has dropped to fifteenth, even with the two ART Grand Prix drivers being removed from the results.