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Bianchi, Leimer, Filippi and Varhaug penalised
25 June 2011
Lotus ART's Jules Bianchi is having yet another dreadful weekend in GP2: not only did his race on Saturday end early in the barriers at turn 1 on the first lap, he has also been handed a ten-place grid penalty for causing the collision with Marcus Ericsson during the feature race at Valencia.
Bianchi was judged to have moved over too far onto Ericsson's inside line through the sweeping first corner, and as a result the iSport's front wing tipped Bianchi into a sideways spin and the two cars ended up skating off into the outside safety barrier.
Bianchi has already been penalised once this season, having been found at fault for an accident at the start of the Barcelona sprint race in May that saw him found at fault for an avoidable collision that took Giedo van der Garde out of the race within seconds of the race getting underway. Bianchi was given a five-place grid penalty on that occasion that was applied at the Monaco feature race the following weekend.
Seconds after the Bianchi/Ericsson incident, Rapax's Fabio Leimer bounced over the kerbs in turn 2 which led to him misjudging his braking and as a result running into the Carlin of Alvaro Parente, putting both cars out of the race. Leimer was judged to have caused this collision, and received the second ten-place grid penalty of the day.
Luca Filippi's collision with Dani Clos - that saw Filippi destroy his front wing and slide straight out of the race while the two were battling over fourth place shortly after the mandatory round of pit stops - was also reviewed by the stewards, with Filippi getting handed the ten-place penalty in this case.
And finally, a collision between Pal Varhaug and Fairuz Fauzy on lap 25 was also deemed to have been avoidable, and this time it was Varhaug who was faulted and given the ten-place fine.
Leimer and Bianchi were already set to start from the back of the grid for Sunday's sprint race and the penalty for them both is mainly symbolic more than anything else. Worst hit by the penalties is Varhaug, who finished in 13th place but who will now drop to 23rd on the 26-car grid.
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