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Carroll and Valsecchi penalised for blocking

Davide Valsecchi and Adam Carroll were both handed three-place grid penalties ahead of the Hungary feature race, after being judged to have blocked other drivers in qualifying.
Caterham Team AirAsia's Davide Valsecchi and Super Nova Racing's Adam Carroll have both been handed three-place grid penalties for blocking during the Friday afternoon qualifying session.

Valsecchi had qualified in 14th place but already had to serve a ten-place grid penalty at the feature race at the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary on Saturday afternoon after been found to have caused an avoidable collision with Jolyon Palmer at last week's German print race.

That dropped the Italian driver down to 24th place, and the additional three-place penalty for impeding Romain Grosjean during the final seconds of the Friday qualifying session completes his demotion to the back of the grid where he will start dead last.

Meanwhile, Adam Carroll was also penalised on his second weekend back in GP2 after a three-year hiatus. He was judged to have blocked Stefano Coletti in the same session, and as a result is demoted to 18th position on the feature race starting grid.

Surprisingly, neither Fabio Leimer nor Jules Bianchi were handed penalties for their incident that had been pronounced under stewards' investigation during the session.

Bianchi has become angered when he felt that Leimer was blocking him while the Lotus ART driver was on a fast lap; when he pulled up alongside, he appeared to make a swerve in the Rapax's direction to make the point that he was not pleased, which opened him up to a penalty of dangerous driving - while Leimer could have been deemed to have been blocking.

After review, however, the stewards decided to take no action over this matter.



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Adam Carroll at Budapest in 2009. [Picture credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Team AirAsia). 2011 GP2 Series. Round 3. Monte Carlo, Monaco. [Picture credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) after qualifying at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 21 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) & Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) on the feature race podium at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates win with his father Jonathan at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014.(Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates victory at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Newly-crowned 2014 GP2 Series Champion Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in Parc Ferme at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action in practice at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action in practice at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) crosses the line at the end of race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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