F2 stewards apologise to Vips for “administrative error” penalty

The Hitech driver was penalised for making contact with Liam Lawson at Flip 4 on lap 13, with Vips spinning the Carlin driver, who was pressured to make a pitstop for a entrance wing change.

However following the race, stewards stated the penalty was “as a consequence of an administrative error” and apologised to the driving force and staff.

They stated he ought to have been given a 10-second penalty reasonably than the 10-second stop-and-go penalty.

The doc stated: “As a result of an administrative error a ten second cease and go penalty was proven on the timing display screen from Race Management.

“The Workforce appropriately served the misguided penalty as posted earlier than it may very well be corrected.

“There isn’t any mechanism to repair this error and an apology is obtainable to the driving force and staff.”

Vips was dropped to thirteenth by the penalty, however completed the race in eleventh place, with Lawson ending 14th after pitting.

The doc added: “Having thought of the matter extensively, the Stewards decided that Automobile 8 was making an attempt a go on the within of Automobile 5 into Flip 4.

“Automobile 5 appeared to provide satisfactory room to Automobile 8. Automobile 8 locked his inside wheel underneath breaking and made contact with the rear wheel of Automobile 5 simply after the apex inflicting a collision and Automobile 5 to spin.

“Automobile 8 is judged solely at fault for the incident and the usual penalty of 10 seconds utilized.”

Elsewhere, Ralph Boschung has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the Abu Dhabi dash race after he made contact with Theo Pourchaire at Flip 2.

The Campos driver had lower the apex of the nook and hit Pourchaire as he rejoined, sending him spearing into the barrier on the best way into Curve Grande because the Frenchman’s ART machine was despatched right into a spin.

The incident additionally collected Olli Caldwell (Campos) and F2 returnee Luca Ghiotto, standing-in for the banned Roy Nissany at DAMS.

Workforce principal Oliver Oakes informed Motorsport.com: “It sadly sums up this weekend [across both series] there was a whole lot of errors made on that half which simply merely can’t occur on the stage we’re racing, it was very newbie.

“I hope a couple of classes will likely be learnt for the long run as this season it has been a frustration [with revolving stewards] every weekend comes totally different takes on conditions, which induces inconsistencies.

“The championship stage is so excessive from a contest stage and the way it’s run by the promoter, you can not have issues like that coming into play.

“It has sadly highlighted some inexperience with the adjustments made for this season, hopefully it will likely be improved.”

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