Penalty costs van der Garde pole
|By Pablo Elizalde||Thursday, May 26th 2011, 22:03 GMT|
Three drivers have been given grid penalties for Friday's feature race in Monaco, with Giedo van der Garde losing his pole position.
After a crazy qualifying session on Thursday, pole setter van der Garde, Frenchman Romain Grosjean and Swede Marcus Ericsson were penalised for having caused collisions.
Van der Garde will start from sixth place after having crashed with Oliver Turvey during the session.
Grosjean was penalised for a crash with his DAMS team-mate Pal Varhaug, although the Frenchman had not set a time and would have started from the back anyway.
Ericsson, meanwhile, crashed into the back of his iSport team-mate Sam Bird and will start from 20th position.
As a result of the penalties, Bird will start the race from pole.
Starting grid for feature race:
Pos Driver Team 1. Sam Bird iSport International 2. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 3. Alvaro Parente Racing Engineering 4. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 5. Josef Kral Arden International 6. G.van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 7. Max Chilton Carlin 8. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 9. E.Gutierrez Lotus ART 10. J.Cecotto Jr. Ocean Racing Technology 11. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 12. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 13. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 14. Fabio Leimer Rapax 15. Oliver Turvey Carlin 16. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 17. Daniel Clos Racing Engineering 18. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 19. Julian Leal Rapax 20. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 21. Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Coloni 22. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 23. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 24. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 25. Pal Varhaug DAMS 26. Romain Grosjean DAMS