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Sainz excluded for Niederhauser collision

by Peter Allen
Carlos Sainz

Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service

Carlos Sainz has been found at fault for his dramatic collision with Patric Niederhauser in the first GP3 race in Abu Dhabi and excluded from his ninth place finish.

The pair came together on the run to turn 11 when fighting over fifth place. Niederhauser was forced to retire on the spot but Sainz managed to limp home in ninth place.

Stewards found him guilty of not only causing the collision but also of forcing another driver off track.

Dino Zamparelli and Robert Visoiu have been promoted into ninth and tenth as a result of Sainz’s exclusion.

Final results
Pos Driver? Team Time/Gap
1 Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 14 laps in 29’40.145
2 Alexander Sims Carlin +4.677
3 Nick Yelloly Carlin +7.053
4 Conor Daly ART Grand Prix +7.411
5 Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix +8.333
6 Dean Stoneman Koiranen GP +14.900
7 Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing +18.235
8 Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP +26.882
9 Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing +33.215
10 Robert Visoiu MW Arden +34.100
11 Giovanni Venturini Trident +34.781
12 Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP +35.528
13 Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport +36.041
14 Emanuele Zonzini Trident +36.045
15 Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix +36.957
16 Robert Cregan Trident +38.133
17 Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix +39.707
18 Luis Sa Silva Carlin +40.829
19 Alice Powell Bamboo Engineering +41.277
20 Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing +44.591
21 Josh Webster Status Grand Prix +49.911
22 Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:30.470
23 Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix +1 lap
Not classified
Carlos Sainz MW Arden Disqualified
Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 4 laps
Carmen Jord? Bamboo Engineering 0 laps