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F2 stewards kept busy by misplaced wheels and a team guest

by Ida Wood

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Formula 2 and Formula 3 stewards were busy during and after Sunday’s races at Monza, with a raft of fines and penalties issued.

Formula 2

Trident’s Roman Stanek served a five-second penalty during the feature race pushing Frederik Vesti off on lap one, and PHM Racing by Charouz’s Roy Nissany served a drive-through penalty for spinning out Zane Maloney. He had three penalty points put on his license, and is now on nine points.

His team-mate Josh Mason was penalised 10s and two penalty points, meaning he has collected four from just six races in F2, for contact with Amaury Cordeel. He also served his penalty in-race, and finished a career-best 12th.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Richard Verschoor was “released in an unsafe fashion” from his pitstop and a five-second penalty applied immediately post-race dropped him from fourth to 13th, while team-mate Juan Manuel Correa exceeded the 60kph pitlane speed limit by 0.1kph (0.06mph) and his five-second post-race penalty took him from eighth to 14th.

Later Hitech GP’s Crawford, who did not finish, was penalised 10s and given two penalty points for contact with Kush Maini.

PHM were fined €500 due to one of Mason’s wheels being “placed outside the working lane” while “the team was preparing for a double stack pitstop”, with Rodin Carlin getting an identical fine for doing the same ahead of Maloney’s pitstop.

Prema’s team manager Guillaume Capietto was personally handed an on-the spot €2,000 fine with an additional suspended €8,000 fine for having a team guest – understood to be a family member of race winner Ollie Bearman – on the pit wall during the race.

“Video evidence clearly shows Mr Bearman crossing the fast lane in a potentially dangerous manner and joining the pit wall signalling area during the feature race,” read the stewards’ report. “While it is clear that Mr Bearman was not an operational team member of Prema Racing, this is still a breach of the sporting regulations and the team must at all times control who is present on their pit wall.”

Formula 3

Two retirees in F3 got time penalties that made no impact, with Jenzer Motorsport’s Nikita Bedrin penalised five seconds for leaving the track at turn five and gaining an advantage, while ART Grand Prix’s Kaylen Frederick was penalised 10s and got two penalty points (putting him on seven for the season) for contact with Alex Garcia at turn one.

Trident’s Leonardo Fornaroli and Hitech pair Gabriele Mini and Luke Browning had time penalties immediately applied post-race, dropping them from ninth, 12th and 13th down to 16th, 19th and 18th respectively.

Mini got two penalties, for clashing with team-mate Sebastian Montoya and for leaving the track at turn five and gaining an advantage, to end the season on six penalty points. Browning was penalised for going too slow during a virtual safety car period.

Later Fornaroli gained a place back as PHM’s Michael Shin got a five-second penalty for leaving the track at turn one and gaining an advantage.

ART GP’s Nikola Tsolov reached eight penalty points, alongside a five-second penalty he served in-race, for forcing off Gabriel Bortoleto.