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 fr PREMA Racing 1:31.199
2. Artem Markelov ru RUSSIAN TIME 1:31.548 + 0.349
3. Arthur Pic fr Rapax 1:31.617 + 0.418
4. Mitch Evans nz Pertamina Campos Racing 1:31.666 + 0.467
5. Jordan King uk Racing Engineering 1:31.710 + 0.511
6. Alex Lynn uk DAMS 1:31.775 + 0.576
7. Sergey Sirotkin ru ART Grand Prix 1:31.816 + 0.617
8. Norman Nato fr Racing Engineering 1:31.845 + 0.646
9. Luca Ghiotto it Trident 1:31.855 + 0.656
10. Oliver Rowland uk MP Motorsport 1:31.864 + 0.665
11. Raffaele Marciello it RUSSIAN TIME 1:31.986 + 0.787
12. Nobuharu Matsushita jp ART Grand Prix 1:32.037 + 0.838
13. Marvin Kirchhöfer de Carlin 1:32.172 + 0.973
14. Nicholas Latifi ca DAMS 1:32.192 + 0.993
15. Sergio Canamasas es Carlin 1:32.196 + 0.997
16. Gustav Malja se Rapax 1:32.215 + 1.016
17. Sean Gelael id Pertamina Campos Racing 1:32.481 + 1.282
18. Daniël de Jong nl MP Motorsport 1:33.071 + 1.872
19. Philo Paz Armand id Trident 1:33.269 + 2.070
20. Jimmy Eriksson se Arden International 1:33.929 + 2.730
EXC. Antonio Giovinazzi* it PREMA Racing excluded
EXC. Nabil Jeffri* my 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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