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Grosjean excluded from Barcelona feature

21 May 2011

Romain Grosjean has been disqualified from the Round 2 GP2 feature race in Barcelona after post-race checks found that his car did not conform to series technical regulations.

Grosjean, who came into this weekend as co-leader of the championship with Sam Bird, now loses the points he thought he had won for fourth place, which is where he finished the one hour race after an uneventful and unremarkable race by his standards.

As well as the loss of points, the exclusion also means that the Frenchman will now have to start from the back of the grid in the sprint race, rather than the fifth place start he would have had from the expected reverse grid.

The exclusion is very good news for Fabio Leimer, who - after a disastrous qualifying session on Friday that saw him break down on his out lap and never set a flying lap - managed to fight his way up from the back of the grid to finish ninth in the feature race.

Now, with Grosjean's disqualification, Leimer is boosted up to eighth place which puts him on pole position for Sunday's sprint race. Alongside him on the front row of the grid will be Jules Bianchi, who himself fell victim to a penalty the previous day and lost the feature pole - ironically for setting a fast lap under yellow flags caused by Leimer's breakdown.

GP3 Series Champion Esteban Gutierrez also received a post-race penalty for causing an avoidable accident that ended both his race and that of Coloni's Michael Herck on lap 22. He was handed a ten grid position penalty that will apply to the sprint race on Sunday.


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