Two drivers have lost their GP2 feature race starting grid positions after being excluded from the results of Friday afternoon's qualifying session at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
Russian Time's Mitch Evans took control of qualifying early in the session and held provisional pole until just after the mid-session interval, when he was finally ousted from the top by Pierre Gasly in the DAMS. No one else was able to better Evans' time before the chequered flag ended the session, meaning that the Kiwi driver looked set for a front row grid spot for Saturday's race.
However post-qualifying technical scrutineering determined that the tyre pressure on the Russian Time car was below the mandatory minimum required, and as a result Evans' qualifying times were deleted. However, the race stewards have given their permission for him to start the race from the back of the grid.
Evans' demotion means that championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne moves up to join pole sitter Gasly on the front row, while the second row will be comprised of Gasly's team mate Alex Lynn and Rapax's Sergey Sirotkin. Row three will now be an all-Campos Racing affair with team mates Rio Haryanto and Arthur Pic set to start side-by-side.
Also excluded from qualifying was the Lazarus of Sergio Canamasas, for the same reason. The Spanish driver had qualified in ninth place on Friday but will now join Evans on the back row for start of the 30-lap race, which is set for Saturday afternoon at 3.40pm local time (2.40pm BST) following F1 qualifying.
Canamasas' penalty means that row four will now be comprised by Richie Stanaway (Status Grand Prix) and Alexander Rossi (Racing Engineering), while Nobuharu Matsushita (ART) and Robert Visoiu (Rapax) are promoted into the top ten and will start alongside each other on row five.
Two more drivers further down the order were also handed three place grid penalties for impeding a rival competitor during the session.
Marlon Stöckinger (Status Grand Prix) was deemed to have blocked Rene Binder (MP Motorsport) between turns 10 and 11 on his way to qualifying in 21st place. He will now be demoted three places, although with the effects of Evans' and Canamasas' exclusions it means in net terms that he will actually lose only one places and take up 22nd place on the grid.
Newcomer Meindert van Buuren was similarly found guilty of blocking another driver - in his case his own MP Motorsport team mate, the twice-unlucky Binder. The offence once again took place between turns 10 and 11. However, while the basic penalty was the same three-place drop, the fact that van Buuren had qualified in last place on the grid and therefore cannot take his penalty in full he will instead be required to start Saturday's race from the pit lane instead.
See updated GP2 Friday qualifying results from Monza