Three drivers have been given three-place grid penalties for impeding in qualifying for the first GP2 race at Hockenheim on Saturday.
Takuya Izawa, Rio Haryanto and Johnny Cecotto Jr have all been penalised for their transgressions, two of which cost Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello his shot at repeating his Silverstone pole for the series’ 200th race.
ART’s Izawa was found guilty by stewards of impeding Racing Engineering’s Marciello at Turn 13, and his three-place penalty is added to the five that the Japanese driver already carried over from Silverstone Sprint Race.
Marciello had earlier been impeded by Rio Haryanto at Turn 13, for which the Caterham driver has been given a three-place penalty.
Following both of these unconnected incidents, Marciello said: “I am very unhappy because I could have finished in a top three position, but traffic kept me from doing so.
“This is no excuse, but it was avoidable by other drivers.”
Cecotto was also found guilty of impeding Haryanto at Turn 13, and has also been given a three-place grid penalty as well.
Cecotto will now start from P10, Izawa from P23 and Haryanto from P25. Marciello will now start seventh, moving up as Cecotto moves back.
Revised starting grid: Pos Driver Team 1. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 2. Stoffel Vandoorne ART 3. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 4. Tom Dillmann Caterham 5. Felipe Nasr Carlin 6. Arthur Pic Campos 7. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 8. Alexander Rossi Campos 9. Simon Trummer Rapax 10. Johnny Cecotto Trident 11. Stephane Richelmi DAMS 12. Rene Binder Arden 13. Nathanael Berthon Lazarus 14. Daniel Abt Hilmer 15. Mitch Evans Russian Time 16. Julian Leal Carlin 17. Conor Daly Lazarus 18. Jon Lancaster Hilmer 19. Andre Negrao Arden 20. Artem Markelov Russian Time 21. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 22. Sergio Canamasas Trident 23. Takuya Izawa ART 24. Marco Sorensen MP 25. Rio Haryanto Caterham 26. Daniel de Jong MP