Jérôme d’Ambrosio has been handed a five-place grid penalty at the end of the first day of practice for ignoring waved yellow flags during the second practice session.

Jerome D'Ambrosio has been penalised for ignoring waved yellow flags Race stewards – including former Grand Prix driver Derek Warwick – studied onboard footage and telemetry traces of the Belgian’s driving as he came Pastor Maldonado at Turn 8, who was enjoying one of his many spins during the day.

The Belgian was deemed not to have slowed sufficiently in the yellow flag zone and he was afforded a five-place grid penalty for breaching the sport’s regulations.

With his Virgin Racing team unlikely to make it our of Q1 later today, the decision will almost certainly mean he will start from the back of the grid for tomorrow’s 58-lap race.

[Image via LAT]

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