PREMA Racing’s Antonio Giovinazzi will start today’s GP2 Series Feature Race from the back of the grid after his car was found to be running insufficient tyre pressures during yesterday’s qualifying session.
The race Stewards deemed that the Italian’s car had not complied with technical regulations and was therefore excluded from his front row start alongside teammate Pierre Gasly.
Arden’s Nabil Jeffri, who qualified a career-best eighth fastest, was also found to have irregular tyre pressure and was sent to the back of the grid.
Russian Time’s Artem Markelov now moves up into second position while Arthur Pic will start from third.
Giovinazzi’s exclusion has a substantial impact on the championship, as his disqualification essentially hands his pole-winning teammate and chief championship rival, Pierre Gasly, a free race to extend his lead providing there are no major incidents where Giovinazzi can utilise the Safety Car to promote himself up the order.
|2016 GP2 Series Italy – Final Qualifying Results|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap|
|1.||Pierre Gasly||PREMA Racing||1:31.199|
|2.||Artem Markelov||RUSSIAN TIME||1:31.548||+ 0.349|
|3.||Arthur Pic||Rapax||1:31.617||+ 0.418|
|4.||Mitch Evans||Pertamina Campos Racing||1:31.666||+ 0.467|
|5.||Jordan King||Racing Engineering||1:31.710||+ 0.511|
|6.||Alex Lynn||DAMS||1:31.775||+ 0.576|
|7.||Sergey Sirotkin||ART Grand Prix||1:31.816||+ 0.617|
|8.||Norman Nato||Racing Engineering||1:31.845||+ 0.646|
|9.||Luca Ghiotto||Trident||1:31.855||+ 0.656|
|10.||Oliver Rowland||MP Motorsport||1:31.864||+ 0.665|
|11.||Raffaele Marciello||RUSSIAN TIME||1:31.986||+ 0.787|
|12.||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||1:32.037||+ 0.838|
|13.||Marvin Kirchhöfer||Carlin||1:32.172||+ 0.973|
|14.||Nicholas Latifi||DAMS||1:32.192||+ 0.993|
|15.||Sergio Canamasas||Carlin||1:32.196||+ 0.997|
|16.||Gustav Malja||Rapax||1:32.215||+ 1.016|
|17.||Sean Gelael||Pertamina Campos Racing||1:32.481||+ 1.282|
|18.||Daniël de Jong||MP Motorsport||1:33.071||+ 1.872|
|19.||Philo Paz Armand||Trident||1:33.269||+ 2.070|
|20.||Jimmy Eriksson||Arden International||1:33.929||+ 2.730|
|EXC.||Antonio Giovinazzi*||PREMA Racing||excluded|
|EXC.||Nabil Jeffri*||Arden International||excluded|
* Post-Qualifying grid penalties:
Antonio Giovinazzi – who provisionally qualified 2nd-fastest – subsequently had his qualifying times excluded after his car was found to be running with insufficient tyre pressures. He will start the Feature Race from the back of the grid.
Nabil Jeffri – who provisionally qualified 8th-fastest – subsequently had his qualifying times excluded after his car was found to be running with insufficient tyre pressures. He will start the Feature Race from the back of the grid.
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