GP2 RACER GIVEN A ONE-RACE BAN

F1 RAC­ING’S EX­EC­U­TIVE ED­I­TOR

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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.

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