CLICK: Updated GP3 Hockenheim race 2 results and championship standings
Jimmy Eriksson has lost his third place finish in Sunday morning's GP3 race at at Hockenheim.
The Koiranen GP driver had originally finished on the podium behind race winner Jann Mardenborough and runner-up Dino Zamparelli who had overtaken the Swede into the first corner of the race and then held on to secure second position.
Eriksson had been able to stay ahead of Marussia Manor Racing's Dean Stoneman to finish in third place at the line, but the race stewards later looked into the race and found that Eriksson had failed to respect yellow flags during the race.
They handed out a 20s penalty in lieu of a drive-thru, which dropped Eriksson all the way from third place to 15th in the final results classification.
"A very frustrating end to this weekend, when we've been working flat out to try and limit the damage of the Silverstone decision," said Eriksson. “In my opinion, the penalty handed out to me here at Hockenheim was extremely severe, and I do not agree with the view of the stewards.
"I respected the yellow flags by braking much earlier than normal, I backed off significantly as indicated by the sector time, and nothing actually happened," he explained. "I think the penalty is out of proportion."
It's certainly a costly blow to Eriksson, who had hoped that his run in race 2 had helped limit the damage to his title campaign after being beaten by championship leader Alex Lynn on Saturday.
Coming third had helped Eriksson pull back a little of the lost ground and meant that he was just 18 points adrift of the Carlin rival heading into next week's round at Hungary. However the penalty means that Eriksson drops out of the points entirely in the Sunday race, while at the same time promoting Lynn up into the vacant third place position and the 10 points that go with it.
As a result, Lynn's lead over Eriksson now extends to 30 points, while Eriksson is left only four points ahead of ART's Marvin Kirchhöfer who had moved up into third place in the championship standings after winning the Saturday race 1. Lynn's promotion to third place also gives a slight boost to Carlin in the team standings, with the squad now on 191 points which is 65 points ahead of Status GP.
Kirchhöfer was also in the stewards' bad books on Sunday, after being blamed for causing a reckless collision with Carlin's Emil Bernstorff at turn 6 on lap 8 that left both drivers too badly damaged and out of the race. Because Kirchhöfer had already retired, the stewards handed him a five-place grid penalty for next weekend's race 1 at the Hungaroring.
Also receiving a five place penalty for next weekend is Jenzer Motorsport's Pal Varhaug, who was also deemed to have caused a reckless collision during Sunday morning's race. In Varhaug's driver's case, this was at the start of the race when he tipped Hilmer Motorsport's Sebastian Balthasar into a spin at the hairpin turn 6.
See updated GP3 Hockenheim race 2 results and championship standings