Niko Hulkenberg and Team Germany will retain third on the grid for the fourth round of the A1 Grand Prix Championship, despite having their time from the first session in qualifying disallowed when stewards ruled their collision with Ireland was 'avoidable'.

Hulkenberg tipped Michael Devaney into a spin as they exited turn two during the first of the four sessions that make up the grid, with the incident forcing the Irish entry to not set a time.

As a result, officials have decided that Germany should also lose their time. However, as the collision had already delayed them, his time from the first session did not contribute to Germany's aggregate times anyway when the grid was decided, a slice of luck that allows them to keep a spot on the second row.

Germany were not the only team to feel the wrath of the stewards penalties, with Adrian Zaugg dropping from eighth to eleventh on the grid for South Africa for impeding another driver, a decision that moves Philip Giebler and USA into the top ten.

Indonesia's Ananda Mikola was also punished for a similar offence in qualifying two, losing his best time and dropping from 18th to 19th.



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