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Filippi, Chandhok penalised.


As expected, both Luca Filippi and Karun Chandhok were called before the stewards and handed post-race penalties after Sunday's GP2 Series sprint race in Valencia.

The Italian had led from pole early on, only giving up the lead to a determined Romain Grosjean on lap eleven, and then survived a collision with the Frenchman that consigned the Asia Series champion to the wall and himself to second on the road behind eventual winner Lucas di Grassi.

Filippi did not have the chance to savour his podium for very long, however, as the stewards looked at his contact with Grosjean and decided that it warranted a 25-second time penalty that dropped him out of the points.

As a result, Jérôme d'Ambrosio finishes second for DAMS, while points leader Giorgio Pantano, denied a win in Saturday's feature event when he ran out of fuel, was elevated to the final step of the podium, a result that takes on greater significance with Bruno Senna's retirement.

Kamui Kobayashi, who had finished seventh, gets the final point for the sixth place, giving DAMS two cars in the top six along with Racing Engineering.

Chandhok, meanwhile, retired from the race, but was also penalised after contact with feature race winner Vitaly Petrov. The Indian received a ten-place grid penalty for the next round at Spa-Francorchamps, where he took his first GP2 win a year ago.

Pantano now leads Senna, who failed to score in either race, by 13 points, while di Grassi has closed to within seven of his fellow Brazilian in the battle for second overall.


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