Matsushita And Gelael Penalized After Qualifying
Nobuharu Matsushita and Sean Gelael will both start further down the grid after being penalized three positions for the GP2 feature race in Barcelona.
In a session where many cars were trying to set their fastest lap time on the dry Pirelli tires in slightly wet conditions, both drivers were found to have blocked other competitors during qualifying. Matsushita initially qualified eighth and Gelael was 21st.
The Japanese driver set a lap time of 1:29.128 for his fastest lap, just three hundredths of a second slower than the three drivers he will start behind, while Gelael set a lap time of 1:30.304, over two seconds behind the fastest time of the session.
This means that Matsushita will now start in 11th-place in the feature, promoting Russian Time’s Artem Markelov to eighth, Trident’s Luca Ghiotto to ninth and Prema Racing’s Antonio Giovinazzi to tenth, having already been outqualified by teammate Sergey SIrotkin, who starts fifth.
After a tough session for Campos that saw highly rated Mitch Evans only set a lap time good enough for 18th, Gelael will now start from pit lane, with Trident’s Philo Paz Armand the last driver on the grid in 21st.
Young Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly starts on pole position after Prema Racing’s maiden qualifying session in the series, ahead of Racing Engineering’s Norman Nato and DAMS’ Alex Lynn.
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