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Racing Engineering pair penalised again.


Racing Engineering continued to give the impression of being the most heavily-punished team in this year's GP2 Series after both Dani Clos and Lucas di Grassi were handed ten-place grid penalties for the Monza round after 'causing avoidable accidents' in Sunday morning's sprint race at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Spaniard collected championship leader Nico Hulkenberg at the first turn, after appearing to misjudge his braking into La Source, also causing the retirement of local favourite Jerome d'Ambrosio and luckless Italian Luca Filippi. di Grassi, meanwhile, came together with Edoardo Mortara at the Bus Stop as he was trying to pass for fourth place after the restart on lap four.

Clos had already been penalised after race one, for allegedly posting an improved lap time despite the presence of yellow flags, while di Grassi lost a couple of spots on the feature race grid after being accused of blocking in qualifying.

"My tyres were not at the optimal temperature so, when I moved to the inside, the track was dirty and, when I braked, all tyres locked up," rookie Clos explained later, "There was nothing I could do anymore to avoid the crash."

Things seemed to work out better, initially at least, for di Grassi, who was looking to add to the podium he secured in race one on Saturday. Despite having lost two positions at the start, the Brazilian quickly put Diego Nunes under pressure and, when Pastor Maldonado and Kamui Kobayashi crashed at Les Combes, he gained two more positions.

The safety car had to be deployed to clear the debris at Les Combes, but di Grassi still gained one further position when Alvaro Parente suffered an engine failure ahead of him. However, when the safety car departed, things turned bad as the veteran tried to pass Mortara, who had been overtaken by Nunes just seconds before.

Mortara was running at a much slower pace than the rest of the field and, maybe being too optimistic in thinking that the Italian would let the faster Racing Engineering car go through, di Grassi tried to pass to the inside of the Bus Stop, but climbed over the Arden car and forced both to retire.

"The race start was not great but, afterwards, things went well until I tried passing Mortara, who was much slower than me," the Brazilian noted, "There was contact between our cars and the race was over for me, so I am not satisfied with the final results as I think our car was good for another podium today."

Things had been brighter for di Grassi on Saturday, as he helped himself to another podium finish, claiming third behind Parente and Hulkenberg.




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Simon Trummer (SUI, Rapax), leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Julian Leal (COL, Carlin) at the start of Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), 1st, Simon Trummer (SUI, Rapax), 2nd, & Julian Leal (COL, Carlin), 3rd, take the chequered flag at the end of Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
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Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), celebrates his win with his mechanics after Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
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Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), is interviewed on the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), is interviewed on the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), walks to the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
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