Campos Racing's Arthur Pic has been penalised for his last-corner collision with Jordan King in Saturday' feature race 1 at Silverstone.

Pic had spent the final lap of the race trying to get around the Racing Engineering car in order to pick up sixth place, and his final bid to get around King ended in contact which sent the Briton spinning at Club. King was unable to get the car restarted and ended up stalled on the track within yard of the finish line which meant he was classified in 22nd place.

Even at the time there had seemed little doubt that Pic would be visiting the race stewards to discuss the incident, and that the only question would be just how big a punishment he would be handed. In the end he was handed a 20 second time penalty in lieu of a drive-thru for causing the avoidable collision.

That drops Pic out of the point. Instead of sixth place and a strong position on the Sunday sprint race under reverse grid rules, the Campos driver now finds himself relegated to 14th position on the grid for tomorrow's race.

With Pic's demotion, Trident's Raffaele Marciello moves up to sixth place and Hilmer Motorsport's Nick Yelloly is now shown in seventh place which puts him on the front row of the grid for the sprint event.

However there was an extra twist to the tale, with Oliver Rowland - who had crossed the line in ninth place meaning that he was set to be boosted to eighth place and pole for the second race of the weekend - also handed a surprise pot-race penalty.

The Formula Renault 3.5 points leader - who is making his maiden GP2 appearance this weekend in a one-off outing with MP Motorsports - was deemed to have exceeded track limits at Copse on multiple occasions during the Saturday afternoon race.

Drivers had been warned that such driving would be treated as an instant penalty, and while it was missed during the race the stewards were presented with the evidence after the chequered flag and duly handed Rowland a five second penalty added to his time.

That drops Rowland out of eighth place to tenth position, meaning he at least collects one championship point for his hard work in the feature race. However it drops him out of the positions covered by the reverse grid rules and mean he will start tomorrow morning's race from tenth on the grid rather that on pole position after all.

Pole will instead go to Pic's team mate and Austria race winner Rio Haryanto who has been handed a two-place boost to his original finishing position following the two penalties to Pic and Rowland. Carlin's Julian Leal gets a similar raie, putting him in the points in ninth place.

Revised GP2 sprint race grid

1. Rio Haryanto Campos Racing
2. Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport
3. Raffaele Marciello Trident
4. Alex Lynn DAMS
5. Pierre Gasly DAMS
6. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix
7. Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering
8. Sergey Sirotkin Rapax
9. Juli?n Leal Carlin
10. Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport
11. Dani?l De Jong MP Motorsport
12. Robert Visoiu Rapax
13. Johnny Cecotto Jr. Carlin
14. Arthur Pic Campos Racing
15. Sergio Canamasas Lazarus
16. Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport
17. Rene Binder Trident
18. Norman Nato Arden International
19. Marlon St?ckinger Status Grand Prix
20. Andr? Negr?o Arden International
21. Artem Markelov Russian Time
22. Jordan King Racing Engineering
23. Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix
24. Mitch Evans Russian Time
25. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix
26. Nathana?l Berthon Lazarus



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