Three GP2 drivers have been handed penalties by race stewards following investigations of incidents that took place during Sunday morning's sprint race at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

None of the penalties affects the points positions, with the highest-placed of the drivers being Russian Time's Artem Markelov who finished the race in ninth place.

Markelov was deemed responsible for a late collision with Carlin's Juli?n Leal which occurred after Markelov went off at Roggia and then made contact with Leal as he returned to the track. As a result, the stewards have handed Markelov a five second penalty, which when added to his race time means that he drops from ninth to 14th place.

Leal moves up a place as a result of Markelov's demotion and is now shown in ninth place. Also moving up one place each are Alex Lynn (DAMS), Rio Haryanto (Campos Racing), Pierre Gasly (DAMS) and Johnny Cecotto Jr. (Trident).

Also penalised after the race were Racing Engineering's Jordan King and Rapax's Robert Visoiu, both of whom were involved in collisions with other drivers.

In King's case, the Briton was cited for the contact with Arden's Norman Nato at the first corner of the race. The collision damaged Nato's car and forced him to pull off the track and retire; King himself damaged his front wing and crawled back to pit lane where he too was forced to call it a day.

Visoiu's incident was on lap 7 when he was battling with King's team mate Alexander Rossi in the run down to the second chicane. The stewards found that the Romanian had missed his breaking point and run into the back of Rossi, who was tipped round into a spin. Both cars subsequently stalled in the middle of Roggia and were unable to continue, and a safety car period was required to allow both of them to be craned away by track workers.

Since both King and Visoiu were unable to continue following the two incidents, there was no possibility to apply a time penalty to either driver. Instead, they will both have to serve a five place grid drop penalty apiece at the next feature race in five week's time at Sochi Autodrom in Russia on October 9-11.

See updated GP2 Sunday morning sprint race 2 results from Monza.



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