The climax of Saturday afternoon's feature race at Silverstone saw a gripping duel over fourth place between Carlin's Julian Leal and Racing Engineering's Stefano Coletti which included multiple contact between the two cars, neither of which would back down as the finish line approached.
Leal finally took the position with Coletti running wide through the final corner, which almost cost him another place to Johnny Cecotto Jr. But the battle between the two drivers was always destined to go to the race stewards for review, and they came out against Leal over the clash.
The stewards' ruling declared that Leal had caused what they referred to as "a careless collision" in turn 15 which had caused Coletti to lose fourth place. As a consequence, they decided that Leal should be docked one place, resetting the finishing order so that Coletti is classified back in fourth place ahead of Leal in fifth.
"At the end I was racing with Coletti and I passed him but afterwards the stewards took the place away from me," Leal summed up.
"The fight during the final lap was a bit intense as I left the other car space on two occasions, but was pushed off the track by the other driver," said Coletti after the race. "Overall it was a good race considering that I started from 11th on the grid."
Looking back over the race as a whole, Leal noted that "The start was not good for me," after he had lost multiple positions. "After the rain earlier in the day, the right hand side of the grid was very wet and all the way down to the first corner I couldn't get onto the dry line.
"After this I tried to overtake some cars and we had a good strategy. After the pit stop I was pushing a lot and the car felt really good," Leal added. "The car is capable of the podium, this is our aim for the future."
As a result of their revised places, Coletti will now start from fifth place in the Sunday morning sprint race under the reverse grid rule, with Leal set for a second row start from fourth place.
DAMS' Stephane Richelmi will start from pole position alongside Leal's team mate Felipe Nasr, whose Saturday race was upset by a problem during his mandatory pit stop.