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Silverstone: Leimer and Rossi handed penalties

Fabio Leimer and Alexander Rossi have both been penalised following collisions during the GP2 Series feature race at Silverstone on Saturday afternoon.
Racing Engineering's Fabio Leimer and EQ8 Caterham Racing's Alexander Rossi have both received ten-place starting grid penalties for Sunday's sprint race after being found guilty of causing separate avoidable collisions on Saturday.

Rossi was found to have run into the Trident of Kevin Ceccon between turns 16 and 17 on lap 2 of the Silverstone circuit in the feature race. Ceccon was spun out and was unable to resume after the incident, which meant that he was the first of only two official retirements from the race.

Leimer meanwhile had been running in fifth place toward the end of the 29-lap race with a ring-side seat on the thrilling long-running battle for the final podium position between Stefano Coletti in the Rapax car and Tom Dillmann in the Russian Time. Coletti made a slight error at the end of the penultimate lap which finally allowed Dillmann to get past, and Leimer saw his opportunity to steal a position for himself while Coletti's momentum was broken.

He tried taking the inside line past Coletti into Brooklands, but found that he could not keep it tight enough to to the apex to avoid running out wide and hitting the side of the Rapax car, tipping it into a spin. Leimer was able to get past his now-broadside rival, but Coletti was dumped out of the race - meaning that he's gone from fighting over third place to being classified in 21st in the space of just a few seconds.

Leimer himself went on to picked up fourth place, a much-needed strong points finish if he's to have any hope of keeping up with Coletti and others in the championship standings. The stewards allowed him to keep that finish and the vital points, but handed him the ten-place grid penalty for Sunday's sprint.

The stewards commented that Leimer's pass had been "an over-ambitious manoeuvre," adding that Leimer had collided with Coletti even though the Rapax driver had left enough room.

As a result of the two penalties, Leimer will now start from 15th place on the Sunday sprint grid, while Rossi will start from 20th.

Hilmer Motorsport's Jon Lancaster was also investigated for an incident which saw him make contact with the ART car of James Calado, but the race stewards decided that no action was required in that case. Lancaster went on to finish in fifth place in his home event at Silverstone, while Calado battled his way back to ninth after spinning.



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Alexander Rossi (USA, Caterham Racing) in the pits during Friday practice at Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir - April 19, 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) during qualifying at Silverstone on Friday, June 28 2013. (World Copyright: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) leads Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) in 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) wins 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), takes the chequered flag in 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) in 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) wins 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) wins the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/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) celebrates after winning 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) & 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.)
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.)
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.)
Race winner Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & runner-up Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrate with champagne after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) & Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates in Parc Ferme after victory in the feature race at  Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 6 September 2014. (Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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