Following yesterday’s FIA Formula 2 Free Practice session at Silverstone, Sean Gelael - who had originally received a reprimand - has now been handed a three place grid drop penalty for today’s Feature Race.
The Indonesian had made contact with Louis Deletraz at Turn 6 in the opening minutes of Friday practice which had ended Gelael’s session prematurely. Today, the Stewards examined video evidence and determined that car 01 Deletraz was already committed to Turn 6 and was moving away from the apex of the corner. The Carlin driver stated that he was on a slow lap. Gelael arrived on a hot lap and approached Turn 6 at high speed.
The Stewards determined that the PREMA driver misjudged the position of car 01 in the corner. Gelael’s right tyre made contact with the front left tyre of Deletraz in the corner which broke the Indonesian’s suspension.
After clarification of the wording of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Sporting Regulations Article 38.3, the Stewards have decided to reconsider their initial decision and have given a drop of three grid places to Gelael for today’s Feature Race at Silverstone. He will now start from P20 at the back of the grid.