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Stewards busy again, di Grassi inherits pole
6 June 2009
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.