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Penalties for GP2 and GP3 drivers after Silverstone

Two GP2 drivers and three GP3 drivers have been handed penalties as a result of incidents that occurred during Sunday's races at Silverstone.
GP3 title contender Jimmy Eriksson is among five drivers to have been handed post-race penalties following Sunday morning's GP3 and GP2 races at Silverstone.

The Koiranen GP driver was involved in a multi-car incident on lap 5 which occurred as he and Arden's Patric Niederhauser were battling to get past the slower Jenzer Motorsport car of Pal Varhaug. The race stewards determined that Eriksson had been optimistic in trying to overtake the other cars and had precipitated the accident that left himself and Niederhauser in the gravel.

Varhaug also retired a few corners later, but he also attracted the ire of the race stewards for having gone off track multiple times during his attempts to stay ahead of Eriksson and Niederhauser. Having gained an advantage over the others, Varhaug did not then hand over the position as he should have done but instead carried on fighting to stay ahead.

Since both Eriksson and Varhaug retired after the incident, stewards have issued a grid penalty for the next round of the 2014 GP3 Series at Hockenheim in Germany in two weeks time. Both drivers will now take five place demotion for race 1.

Also having to take a five place penalty at the Hockenheimring is ART's Alex Fontana, who was penalised for a first lap collision with Patrick Kujala that sent the Marussia Manor Racing car off track and into the barrier along the Hanger Straight. Fontana also retired after the clash, which is why a carry-forward penalty was once again applied.

Over in the GP2 field, there are penalties for Rapax driver Adrian Quaife-Hobbs for continually exceeding track limits, and for ART's Takuya Izawa, who was found to have left insufficient room on the track for Campos Racing's Arthur Pic and thereby instigated a late-race collision that saw both men end their race in the pits.

Because Izawa was already out of the race before the chequered flag, the penalty is once again a five-place grid demotion for the next event, the feature race in Germany. In Quaife-Hobbs' case, the British driver was still running at the end and crossed the line in tenth place, so here the stewards applied a 20-second post-race penalty that means he drops down to 15th place in the final classification.



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Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP), leads Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) & Jann Mardenborough (GBR, Arden International) into turn 1 in the first GP3 race of the weekend at Silverstone International Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England Saturday 5 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP) at Silverstone International Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England Saturday 5 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP) celebrates after winning GP3 race 1 at Silverstone International Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England Saturday 5 July 2014. (Photo: Adam Warner/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP) in action at Silverstone International Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England Friday 4 July 2014. (Photo: Adam Warner/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP) at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 10 May 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
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Alex Lynn - DAMS
Alex Lynn - DAMS
2015 GP3 Series Round 9. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 29 November 2015. Alex Palou (ESP, Campos Racing), Antonio Fuoco (ITA, Carlin) and Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 28 November 2015. Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) leads Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME), Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS) and the rest of the field at the start of the race. Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 9. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 28 November 2015. Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International), Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix), Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 9 Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Saturday 28 November 2015. Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix) & Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 9 Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Saturday 28 November 2015. Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix), Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International) & Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 10. Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain Saturday 21 November 2015. Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 10. Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain Saturday 21 November 2015. Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 10. Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain Saturday 21 November 2015. Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS), leads at the start as Nobuharu Matsushita (JPN, ART Grand Prix) spins, after contact with Rio Haryanto (INA, Campos Racing), Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) & Jordan King (GBR, Racing Engineering) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 7. Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia Sunday 11 October 2015. Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 7. Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia Sunday 11 October 2015. Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.

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