Nelson Piquet Jr was allowed to keep his maiden GP2 Series victory after winning the feature race at Spa-Francorchamps, but will forced to start race two from 18th on the grid rather than eighth after being found guilty of punting Alex Premat into retirement.

The Frenchman was running as the best-placed driver to have made a pit-stop as the race progressed through a series of safety car periods, but, on the fourth and final restart, Piquet made heavy contact with the rear of his ART Grand Prix entry, forcing it into the La Source escape road and, after a protracted extrication period, into retirement when the rear suspension failed.

Piquet went on to claim victory ahead of Ernesto Viso and Nico Rosberg, but was handed the usual ten-place grid penalty for over-aggressive driving, affecting his starting position for Sunday's sprint event.

"I braked a bit hard - everyone was braking, and we were coming from sixth gear to first gear - but I locked up a little and, unfortunately, I touched him," the Brazilian admitted, "These things happen sometimes - it was wet and I was on slicks.

"I still hope to score points on Sunday and, if it's raining, and there's a lot of mess on the first lap, we'll see..."



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