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Grosjean loses Hockenheim win.


For the second time this season, Romain Grosjean has seen a GP2 victory taken away from him, this time after the chequered flag had fallen on a dramatic feature race at Hockenheim.

The reigning GP2 Asia Series champion had already had a likely triumph denied him after being adjudged to have pushed rival Kamui Kobayashi off the road in Barcelona and now, after overcoming points leader Giorgio Pantano in tricky conditions at Hockenheim, he was stripped of the win when it was proved that he had overtaken under yellow flags.

Grosjean did not have the chance to savour his victory for very long, as the stewards acted swiftly to impose a 25-second penalty on the ART entry when it was shown that he had overtaken backmarker Marko Asmer under the yellows with three laps to go. The Frenchman had already passed Pantano after the Italian's race-long rhythm was upset by the arrival of rain six laps from home, but was still under pressure from the points leader when he committed his sin.

The penalty reverses the top two positions, handing Pantano his fourth win of the season, with Grosjean taking second, such was their advantage over the rest of the field.

Along with the Frenchman, three other drivers were also penalised for failing to slow down under the various yellows at the end of a chaotic race. Mike Conway, Jérôme
d'Ambrosio and Vitaly Petrov all received a ten-place grid penalty for their crimes and will start Sunday's race from the back of the field.


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Romain Grosjean - ART Grand Prix  [pic credit: GP2 Series]
James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP) leads the field into turn one on the opening lap of the Hockenheim sprint race. (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP) celebrates his Hockenheim sprint race win on the podium. (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP) crosses the line to take victory in the Hockenheim sprint race. (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) celebrates second place in the Hockenheim sprint race. (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP) celebrates his Hockenheim sprint race win on the podium with Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) and Felipe Nasr (BRA, Dams). (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Barwa Addax Team) crosses the line to take victory. Action. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service
Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Barwa Addax Team) celebrates his victory on the podium. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service ref: Digital Image _O9T1920.jpg
Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Barwa Addax Team) celebrates his victory on the podiumwith Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) and Stephane Richelmi (MON, Trident Racing). (World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service)
Sergio Canamasas (ESP, Venezuela GP Lazarus) makes his GP2 debut at Hockenheim. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) watches the rain in pit lane at Hockenheim. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) in Hockenheim. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) in action at Hockenheim. (World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service)
Five of the top drivers in the GP2 Championship in June 2011: Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams), Sam Bird (GBR, iSport International), Charles Pic (FRA, Barwa Addax Team), Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Team AirAsia) and Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Barwa Addax Team) photographed in Valencia [Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
2011 GP2 Series Champion Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) collects the Champion`s Trophy, with Alejandro Agag, team principal of Barwa Addax, which won the teams championship. [Photo credit: Drew Gibson/GP3 Media Service.]
Turn 2 of the Monza sprint race with Charles Pic already having gone into the rear of Romain Grosjean and now colliding with Luca Filippi. [Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) celebrates his victory on the Monza feature podium with Charles Pic (FRA, Barwa Addax Team) and Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams). [Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Christian Vietoris (GER, Racing Engineering) and Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) celebrate their successes on the podium. [Photo credit: Charles Coates/GP2 Media Service.]

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