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Valsecchi gains from Coletti, Palmer penalties

Davide Valsecchi earned some points from Hockenheim after all, when post-race penalties were handed down by the stewards to Jolyon Palmer and Stefano Coletti.
Having thought he's missed out on his last chance on winning any championship points at Hockenheim following his mid-race spin in Sunday's sprint race, Davide Valsecchi was handed an unexpected two point bonus as a result of penalties handed out to other drivers.

Stewards investigating an incident in which iSport's Jolyon Palmer and Coloni's Stefano Coletti appeared to overtake Josef Kral under local waved yellows for an accident involving Giancarlo Serenelli concluded that both drivers were guilty of a breach of the regulations and would have 20s added to their times in the final result classifications.

Kral has been battling to get past the struggling Nigel Melker with seven laps to go when they arrived at turn 12, where Serenelli had flown off at high speed into the tyre wall just minutes earlier. Yellow flags were still out to indicate track workers were still moving the Venezuela GO Lazarus form the gravel trap.

Heeding the yellow flags Kral backed off from Melker through the corner, checking the Barwa Addax's momentum and allowing Coletti and Palmer to fly past him. Neither of the two drivers was advised to hand the position back to Kral s a result of the confusion, and so the stewards decided on a post-race penalty for the rule breach.

Palmer had finished in seventh place and Coletti had finished just behind in eighth. With the time penalties applied, they fall back to 18th and 19th in the finished results, which boosts Valsecchi up to seventh place and also hands a points finish to Ocean Racing's Nigel Melker.

With Valsecchi's main rival for the 2012 drivers' championship, Luiz Razia, finishing out of the points in the Hockenheim sprint race after a disastrous first lap, the two points Valsecchi gains as a result of the stewards' decisions means that the gap between the two men at the top of the standings is reduced to just 10pts with four race weekends remaining in the season.



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Stefano Coletti (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) resting during day 1 of GP2 Series Pre-Season Testing at Jerez, Spain - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/ GP2 Series Media Service.]
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, iSport International). [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) celebrates his pole position during practice and qualifying for the GP2 feature race at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
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Stefano Colleti (MON, Racing Engineering), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) and Arthur Pic (FRE, Campos Racing) celebrate on the podium after the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrates after the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at the start of the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) and Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrate after the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) on the podium after the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series 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.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates in parc ferme after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 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.)

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