GP2 RACER GIVEN A ONE-RACE BAN
F1 RACING’S EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Honda protege Nobuharu Matsushita was given a one-round ban for causing chaos on the restarts from the plethora of safety cars during the GP2 sprint race at Baku last weekend.
The ART driver was involved in three separate incidents while leading the race. On the first restart he caught the safety car too soon and had to slow down. Then on the next restart he accelerated and braked on the pit straight, causing collisions behind him, before then being eliminated on the third restart when he clashed with Raffaele Marciello
In the first two incidents he was guilty of driving “in an erratic manner, causing danger to other competitors” and was therefore handed a ban.
It was an eventful weekend of GP2 racing, with both races littered with accidents but Antonio Giovinazzi was able to emerge from the chaos as a double winner.
The Italian claimed his maiden win in the series in the first encounter – and it was also a first win for his Prema team. Giovinazzi made a poor start but managed to avoid the first corner melee which eliminated Pierre Gasly, Alex Lynn, Nicholas Latifi, Sergio Canamasas and Marvin Kirchhofer. Giovinazzi then hunted down Oliver Rowland and Marciello to claim the win, with Sergey Sirotkin also getting ahead of the duo.
The Prema driver then doubled up in race two and team-mate Gasly made it a 1-2 with Sirotkin completing the podium.