Franco Colapinto has lost his second win from the Red Bull Ring round of the Formula Regional European Championship due to track limits violations, subject to appeal.
ART Grand Prix’s Gregoire Saucy inherits the victory, stretching his championship lead over Hadrien David to 77 points.
Colapinto’s 10-second penalty drops him to fourth behind Gabriel Bortoleto and Zane Maloney too, while Monolite Racing’s Pietro Delli Guanti is now a surprise fifth behind him.
Colapinto was not the only driver affected, as a raft of post-race penalties were handed out to 16 drivers as a result of consistent track limits breaches.
Among the original points scorers, Isack Hadjar, Alex Quinn, William Alatalo, and Dino Beganovic are all served with five-second penalties.
Hadjar drops one position to sixth, while Beganovic loses his second-best finish of the season as he drops out of the points into 11th thanks to an additional 10s penalty due to overtaking under yellow flag conditions.
Alatalo suffers the same fate as Beganovic, as the Arden driver is also handed a 10s penalty for overtaking behind yellow flags, dropping him from eighth to 15th.
Even with his penalty, Quinn is able to gain one position thanks to the number of other drivers being penalised.
Gabriele Mini and Mari Boya would have been first in line for promotions into the points, having finished 11th and 12th on the road, but both drivers were handed 10s penalties, demoting them to 12th and 14th respectively.
As a result, Francesco Pizzi and Patrik Pasma are the ones to benefit from the final two points-paying positions, with Pasma’s initial 17th place highlighting the breadth of the retroactive penalties.
Nico Gohler, Axel Gnos, and Nicola Marinangeli also got 5s penalties.
The other drivers to suffer 10-second penalties were Tommy Smith, Ido Cohen, Eduardo Barrichello, and Oliver Goethe, although it should be noted that the latter’s penalty is being appealed.
Returning champion Gianluca Petecof’s weekend went from bad to worse as he was given a 25s penalty, converted from a drive-through, leaving the Brazilian second to last, ahead of Andrea Rosso who was given an identical penalty.
Race results (21 laps)
|1||Gregoire Saucy||ART Grand Prix||32m05.984s|
|2||Gabriel Bortoleto||FA Racing by MP||+2.959s|
|3||Zane Maloney||R-ace GP||+5.991s|
|4||Franco Colapinto||MP Motorsport||+8.943s|
|5||Pietro Delli Guanti||Monolite Racing||+10.015s|
|6||Isack Hadjar||R-ace GP||+11.774s|
|9||Francesco Pizzi||Van Amersfoort Racing||+18.262s|
|10||Patrik Pasma||ART Grand Prix||+22.201s|
|12||Gabriele Mini||ART Grand Prix||+23.772s|
|14||Mari Boya||Van Amersfoort Racing||+25.058s|
|16||Lorenzo Fluxa||Van Amersfoort Racing||+26.437s|
|17||Elias Seppanen||KIC Motorsport||+28.991s|
|18||Oliver Goethe||MP Motorsport||+29.787s|
|19||Ido Cohen||JD Motorsport||+30.719s|
|20||Jose Garfias||Monolite Racing||+37.805s|
|22||Nico Gohler||KIC Motorsport||+39.223s|
|23||Emidio Pesce||DR Formula||+40.211s|
|24||Axel Gnos||G4 Racing||+41.128s|
|25||Eduardo Barrichello||JD Motorsport||+45.789s|
|26||Lena Buhler||R-ace GP||+46.243s|
|27||Tommy Smith||JD Motorsport||+46.326s|
|28||Gianluca Petecof||KIC Motorsport||+46.889s|
|29||Andrea Rosso||FA Racing by MP||+47.517s|
|Ret||Kas Haverkort||MP Motorsport|
|Ret||Alexandre Bardinon||FA Racing by MP|
|Ret||Michael Belov||G4 Racing|
|Ret||Hadrien David||R-ace GP|
|Fastest lap: Colapinto, 1m26.569s