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van der Garde loses points finish.

After a contentious weekend in Monte Carlo, and a flurry of penalties handed out after practice in Turkey, further punishments were always possible following Saturday's GP2 Series feature race in Istanbul.

The stewards of the meeting had a number of issues to deliberate over, eventually handing down a handful of penalties following discussions with all involved parties immediately after the event.

Championship leader Romain Grosjean - having only received a slap on the wrist for going off in teh vicinity of yellow flags during Friday practice - was handed a ten-place grid penalty for race two in Turkey after he was judged to have overtaken the safety car when leaving the pit-lane. The Frenchman was not classified in race one after failing to finish the event, but will drop to the rear of the grid for Sunday's sprint.

Giedo van der Garde was also adjudged to have overtaken the safety car when leaving the pits, and received both 25 seconds to add to his elapsed race time and a ten-place grid penalty for race two. The decision promoted Javier Villa to seventh place, with Lucas di Grassi taking the point for eighth place and inheriting pole for the sprint.

Additionally, Saturday polesitter Nico Hülkenberg was given a reprimand as a result of his off-track excursion shortly after the restart, when he ran wide at turn eight. The German was judged to have rejoined the track without due care and attention, almost causing a collision with a following car. However, he will be allowed to keep his points and starting position for race two.


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Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) celebrates his Singapore sprint race victory on the podium. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) celebrates his Singapore sprint race victory on the podium. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) celebrates his Singapore sprint race victory on the podium with Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) and Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering).(World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Max Chilton (GBR, Carlin) leads Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) during the Saturday feature race 1 at Marina Bay in Singapore, with Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) being dropped off in the background. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service.)
Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) crashes during the Saturday feature race 1 at Marina Bay in Singapore. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service)
Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service)
Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) celebrates his pole position (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) celebrates his pole position (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) celebrates his victory in the Monza feature race. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) celebrates his victory in the Monza feature race. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) in trouble in the Rettifilo at the start of the Monza feature race. (World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service.)
Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) (World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service.)
Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni), Johnny Cecotto Jr. (VEN, Barwa Addax) and Marcus Ericcson (SWE, iSport) on the podium after the Monza feature race. (World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service.)

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