Formula Renault 3.5 points leader Kevin Magnussen has been stripped of his victory in race one at Paul Ricard after his DAMS car failed the post-race technical inspection.
Stewards found that Magnussen’s car did not conform to the technical regulations and have excluded him from the results. It took more than five hours after the chequered flag at the end of the race for the stewards to publish their decision. DAMS have the right to appeal the decision.
Antonio Felix da Costa inherits what is his second consecutive race win, with Stoffel Vandoorne taking second place.
Magnussen had extended his advantage over Vandoorne to 46 points but it has now been cut to 18, meaning the title fight will continue onto the final weekend in Barcelona regardless of the result in race two. The victory had been Magnussen’s first since Spa at the beginning of June.
Felix da Costa and Vandoorne were both investigated for not slowing down under yellow flags, but both escaped with written reprimands. Felix da Costa said on Twitter that it was DAMS who complained about their rival pair to the stewards.
Revised race results
|1||Antonio Felix da Costa||Arden Caterham||25 laps in 47:12.900|
|2||Stoffel Vandoorne||Fortec Motorsports||1.932|
|3||Andre Negrao||International Draco Racing||4.570|
|5||Will Stevens||P1 by Strakka Racing||7.771|
|6||Arthur Pic||AV Formula||24.180|
|7||Nikolay Martsenko||Pons Racing||25.319|
|8||William Buller||Zeta Corse||28.788|
|9||Daniil Move||SMP Racing by Comtec||29.378|
|10||Nico Muller||International Draco Racing||29.804|
|11||Pietro Fantin||Arden Caterham||31.581|
|12||Zoel Amberg||Pons Racing||32.044|
|13||Oliver Webb||Fortec Motorsports||44.381|
|16||Carlos Sainz, Jr.||Zeta Corse||+1 lap|
|17||Mikhail Aleshin||Tech 1 Racing||+1 lap|
|18||Norman Nato||DAMS||+1 lap|
|Yann Cunha||AV Formula||+5 laps|
|Matias Laine||P1 by Strakka Racing||+5 laps|
|Nigel Melker||Tech 1 Racing||+20 laps|
|Carlos Huertas||Carlin||+20 laps|
|Christopher Zanella||ISR||+23 laps|
|Lucas Foresti||SMP Racing by Comtec||+25 laps|