Indonesian racer Rio Haryanto lost his coveted front row position for the Monaco GP2 Feature Race yesterday evening.
Following the session, it was determined the Caterham racer had impeded DAMS’ Stéphane Richelmi during the ‘ Group B’ session, as the latter was on a quick run.
The penalty drops Haryanto to 5th and promotes Richelmi to 3rd, just behind his teammate polesitter Jolyon Palmer. Mitch Evans now starts from Haryanto’s 2nd place, while Johnny Cecotto Jr moves up to 4th on the grid.
Both Hilmer drivers were also penalised for impeding other drivers during qualifying. Daniel Abt got in the way of a speedy Cecotto Jr, while Facu Regalia blocked Sergio Canamasas – Abt and Regalia will start 10th and 23rd respectively.
Finally, recent GP2 victor Felipe Nasr also received a penalty for getting in the way of Cecotto Jr. The Brazilian will drop to 18th on the grid, essentially killing off any lingering hopes for a second race victory.
2014 GP2 Series (Rd 3, Qualifying, Monaco) Pos Driver Team Time Session 1. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1m20.774s Group A 2. Mitch Evans Russian Time 1m21.188s Group A 3. Stephane Richelmi DAMS 1m21.444s Group B 4. Johnny Cecotto Jr Trident 1m21.361s Group A 5. Rio Haryanto Caterham 1m21.433s Group B* 6. Stoffel Vandoorne ART 1m21.508s Group B 7. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1m21.649s Group B 8. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1m21.917s Group A 9. Julian Leal Carlin 1m21.752s Group B 10. Daniel Abt Hilmer 1m21.760s Group A* 11. Alexander Rossi Caterham 1m22.146s Group A 12. Sergio Canamasas Trident 1m21.926s Group B 13. Simon Trummer Rapax 1m22.296s Group A 14. Arthur Pic Campos 1m22.207s Group B 15. Rene Binder Arden 1m22.270s Group B 16. Kimiya Sato Campos 1m22.588s Group A 17. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1m22.277s Group B 18. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1m22.381s Group A* 19. Tio Ellinas MP 1m22.681s Group A 20. Conor Daly Lazarus 1m22.997s Group A 21. Daniel de Jong MP 1m22.488s Group B 22. Andre Negrao Arden 1m23.178s Group A 23. Facu Regalia Hilmer 1m22.473s Group B* 24. Nathanael Berthon Lazarus 1m22.632s Group B 25. Takuya Izawa ART 1m23.259s Group A 26. Artem Markelov Russian Time 1m23.347s Group B
*Haryanto, Abt, Nasr and Fegalia handed 5-place penalties for blocking in qualifying.