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F1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Nasr penalised for qualifying block

Felipe Nasr will forsake his provisional Brazilian GP grid position after being found guilty of impeding countryman Felipe Massa in qualifying at Interlagos.

Felipe Nasr becomes the third driver to earn a grid penalty for the Brazilian Grand Prix following a trip to the stewards after qualifying at Interlagos.

The Sauber driver, competing in a first Brazilian Grand Prix in front of his home fans, was found guilty of having impeded fellow countryman – and Interlagos fan favourite – Felipe Massa during the first phase of qualifying, almost costing the veteran a place in Q2.

Massa was on a hot lap when he came across Nasr preparing to start his own flier in the second half of the lap. Such was the Williams' closing speed that Massa had to take avoiding action, running across the outfield before rejoining. Fortunately for the older Brazilian, he was able to complete a second flying lap on the same set of tyres, comfortably making the cut in Q1 and eventually going on to post the eighth-best time of the final phase.

Nasr, meanwhile, bowed out at the second stage and would have lined up eleventh before his punishment was imposed. With Massa's team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo picking up three- and ten-place penalties respectively on Friday, the grid will now take a slightly different appearance to the order at the end of qualifying.



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