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GP2: Markelov excluded from sprint, Ocon & Tuscher from GP3

Three drivers have been excluded from what would have been points-paying positions following Sunday's GP2 and GP3 races at the Red Bull Ring.
Russian Time's Artem Markelov has been excluded from the results of Sunday's GP2 sprint race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

Post-race inspection found that Markelov's car did not contain the requisite one litre of fuel in its tank at the end of the race required for scrutineering. As a result, he has lost his top ten finish in the 28-lap race.

Markelov had been competing for the race lead until halfway through the race, until he ran too deep while trying to pass Rio Haryanto and dropped several positions. He ended up crossing the line in eighth place which would have given him a valuable point in the drivers championship, and Russian Time a similar bounty in the team standings.

With Markelov's exclusion those points now go to Alexander Rossi and Racing Engineering. Rossi suffered badly after a first corner collision with Hilmer Motorsports' Nick Yelloly saw him run off the track and rejoin in 13th. A strong run from that point on saw him pick up five hard-fought positions, but ninth place meant he would still have walked away from the race empty-handed.

Rossi's newly minted one point means that he slightly closes the gap on drivers championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne. The Belgian likely won't be too worried by the news as he still holds a 76 point advantage over Rossi and the rest of the field.

Over in the GP3 paddock, there were shock exclusions for two of the top six finishers.

Esteban Ocon's ART Grand Prix car was found not to conform with the mandated undertray height dimensions during scrutineering after the 18-lap Sunday morning race, a breach of article 4.3.12 of the GP3 Series technical regulations. That costs the Frenchman a podium result, as he had crossed the line in third place behind Trident's Óscar Tunjo and Ocon's own ART team mate Marvin Kirchhöfer.

The same technical infringement also occurred on Matheo Tuscher's Jenzer Motorsport car, meaning that the Swiss driver has lost his sixth place finish after being similarly excluded.

As a result of the GP3 stewards' decisions, championship leader Luca Ghiotto is promoted into third place in the final race classifications, with Arden's Emil Bernstorff moving up to fourth place.

Status Grand Prix's Seb Morris picks up two positions to finish in fifth place, a fabulous result considering that he had to start the race from 19th place following a drive-trhu penalty for pit lane speeding in Saturday's event. His team mate Alex Fontana also picks up two places and is shown as finishing in sixth.

Ocon and Tuscher's exclusions promote Koiranen GP's Matt Parry back into the points in seventh place, while pole sitter Ralph Boschung gets a point for eighth place after a frustrating race which saw him fall back after starting from pole position because of problems with his rear tyres.

In addition to the exclusions, Carlin's Antonio Fuoco was also issued with a penalty after colliding with Jann Mardenborough in turn 2 on the first lap of the GP2 race. The impact sent Fuoco into the air where he landed on top of Sandy Stuvik's Status.

As Fuoco retired as a result of the accident, his punishment takes the form of a three place grid penalty to serve at the next race at Silverstone on July 3-5. If after qualifying Fuoco cannot serve the full three-place tariff then he will have to start race 1 from the pitlane.

Related Pictures

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2015 GP3 Series Round 1. Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 9 May 2015. Podium. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 20 June 2015. Matheo Tuscher (SUI, Jenzer Motorsport) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 4. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Friday 19 June 2015. Artem Markelov (RUS, RUSSIAN TIME) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
Luca Ghiotto - Trident Racing [credit: GP2 Series]
Luca Ghiotto - Trident Racing [credit: GP2 Series]
Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema Racing [credit: GP2 Series]
Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema Racing [credit: GP2 Series]
Pierre Gasly - PREMA Racing
Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema Racing [credit: GP2 Series]
Pierre Gasly - PREMA Racing
Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema Racing
Sergio Canamasas - Carlin
Alex Lynn - DAMS
Alex Lynn - DAMS
Sergey Sirotkin - ART Grand Prix
Sergey Sirotkin - ART Grand Prix
Sergey Sirotkin - ART Grand Prix
Pierre Gasly - Prema Racing

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