Stefano Coletti looks set to swell the number of drivers missing race two of the GP2 Series double-header in Belgium after suffering a hefty shunt two laps from the end of Saturday's feature event.
The Monegasque was pushing to catch eighth-placed Kamui Kobayashi as he sought his first GP2 points in only his second weekend - as well as pole position for Sunday's sprint race - when he lost the control at the foot of Eau Rouge, crashing heavily into barriers at the outside of Radillon. Although initial speculation reported that the Durango driver had suffered foot and back injuries, the team later claimed that he had merely sustained heavy bruising, but that his participation in Sunday's round was in doubt because the monocoque of the #22 machine could not be repaired in time for the early morning start.
"It is a real pity because Stefano, who had to take the start from the pit-lane, made an outstanding recovery [in race one]," team boss Ivone Pinton declared, “He was clearly demonstrating that he can be very fast, at just his second GP2 event, and, with less than two laps to go, we were taking home a very good result. Then it went wrong.
"However, the most important thing is that Stefano is alright. Tomorrow, we will race with just one car, but I am confident that Nelson [Pantiatici] will deliver a good job.”
While Coletti appears destined to watch from the sidelines, three other drivers - Diego Nunes, Dani Clos and Panciatici - have all been handed time penalties by the stewards as a result of various incidents which occurred during Saturday afternoon's race.
Nunes, who finished fifth, was given a 25-second penalty after cutting the final corner during a fight with team-mate Giedo van der Garde and Roldan Rodriguez. As a result, the Brazilian now finishes in ninth position, promoting Edoardo Mortara to eighth and Sunday's morning's reverse grid pole.
Clos and Panciatici were both adjudged to have set their best sector time under yellow flag conditions, and have also received 25-second time penalties, although their positions, having finished two laps clear of Coletti, remain unchanged.