Jolyon Palmer has extended his championship lead after winning an action packed sprint race at Monza ahead of Stefano Coletti and team-mate Stéphane Richelmi.

In a weekend which saw the DAMS driver disqualified from qualifying after failing to produce the standard one-litre fuel sample, Palmer turned his misfortune around to drive a stellar race yesterday gaining 18 positions and winning the sprint race from pole today.

Coletti threatened to take his lead away from him in the closing stages of the race getting to within a second of Palmer, until the Briton responded to the challenge by planting his right foot and extending his lead for a second time.

Monza podium

A poor display of driving came from Trident’s Sergio Canamasas, who brought out the safety car on the second lap after he ploughed his way through the gravel of Ascari and rejoined the track in a dangerous manner, almost hitting Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.

Canamasas continued racing – albeit much slower than other drivers – causing a train to pile up behind him that left EQ8 Caterham rookie Pierre Gasly no alternative but to cut off Artem Markelov’s RT Russian Time.

The pair collided and Gasly was left sliding down the back straight with his nose in the wall.

Moments later at the Parabolica Johnny Cecotto Jr. was attempting a pass on Nathanaël Berthon; although he carried too much speed into the corner, causing his car to oversteer and crash into the Frenchman.

Jonathon Lancaster was another driver who found himself in the Stewards’ naughty books, as he is being investigated for overtaking Arthur Pic on the main straight outside the white lines.

Incredibly, Canamasas again found himself in trouble 10 laps after he causing the crash between Gasly and Markelov. This time the wild Spaniard clipped René Binder at the second chicane, beaching the Dutchman on the kerbs and ending his race.

The stewards decided they’d finally had enough of his antics and the Trident driver was shown the black flag and disqualified from the race.

An entertaining fight for fifth position ended poorly for Mitch Evans, where he made a move on Andre Negrao at Turn One and touched the Arden driver’s rear, resulting in terminal damage for the Kiwi.

Felipe Nasr didn’t improve on yesterday’s performance, finishing in seventh position and falling further behind Palmer in the championship.

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