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Correa loses comeback F2 podium amid track limits penalties

by Peter Allen

Photo: Dutch Photo Agency

Juan Manuel Correa has had his first Formula 2 podium finish for five years taken away amid a spate of track limits penalties.

Correa stood on the third step of the podium after the Barcelona sprint race, having passed Gabriel Bortoleto for fourth on the road with second-placed Ritomo Miyata having already been handed two five-second penalties for track limits offences.

However, it later transpired Correa had himself exceeded track limits four times, with his last transgression enough to earn a five-second penalty.

Championship leader Paul Aron therefore picks up third place – his sixth podium of the season so far – with Correa demoted to eighth.

Several other drivers received similar penalties after the race. Dennis Hauger picked up two five-second penalties for exceeding track limits five times, dropping him from ninth to 12th. Andrea Kimi Antonelli and Franco Colapinto, who were originally classified directly behind Hauger, were given five and 10 seconds of penalties respectively.

Zane Maloney was handed his third five-second penalty of the race after a sixth offence.

In all, 60 track limits offences were recorded by the FIA, the vast majority of which took place at the penultimate corner, Turn 13, which was reprofiled last year.

The original top three finishers, including Correa, were asked in the post-race press conference about the challenge of staying within the limits and whether anything could be changed at the track.

“I think the only solution is to put gravel closer to the white line, especially in this track, I believe the last sector, there’s a few places where it’s very difficult to judge from the inside of the car,” said Correa, speaking before he received his penalty.

“Sometimes they put bananas on the exit, but then that brings in another issue of safety. So maybe the solution is just to get rid of track limits in certain corners or put, the gravel closer.”

Race results (26 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 39m47.280s
2 Kush Maini Virtuosi Racing +4.411s
3 Paul Aron Hitech GP +8.625s
4 Jak Crawford DAMS +9.096s
5 Gabriel Bortoleto Virtuosi Racing +10.742s
6 Isack Hadjar Campos Racing +11.612s
7 Ritomo Miyata Rodin Motorsport +12.641s
8 Juan Manuel Correa DAMS +12.968s
9 Zak O’Sullivan ART Grand Prix +25.925s
10 Joshua Duerksen AIX Racing +26.814s
11 Pepe Marti Campos Racing +27.433s
12 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport +27.834s
13 Richard Verschoor Trident +29.362s
14 Amaury Cordeel Hitech GP +29.819s
15 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema +24.995s
16 Enzo Fittipaldi Van Amersfoort Racing +31.765s
17 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing +33.049s
18 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport +35.554s
19 Taylor Barnard AIX Racing +38.349s
20 Zane Maloney Rodin Motorsport +41.445s
21 Ollie Bearman Prema +41.456s
22 Roman Stanek Trident +41.518s
Fastest lap: Miyata, 1m30.617s

Championship standings
 Aron 88   2 Hadjar 81   3 Maloney 69   4 Hauger 56   5 Bortoleto 54   6 Antonelli 48   7 O’Sullivan 40   8 Maini 42   9 Colapinto 38   10 Crawford 37