Roberto Merhi sees one of his Macau grid penalties rescinded
|By Jonathan Noble||Friday, November 18th 2011, 06:51 GMT|
Roberto Merhi is one of three Macau Grand Prix drivers who have had their three-place grid penalties for crossing the pitlane exit rescinded after the stewards were asked to reinvestigate the matter.
The Prema driver, who has had an incident-filled Macau weekend that has included two crashes, another seven-place penalty and provisional pole position, was adamant that he should not have been punished for accidentally crossing the line on Thursday.
"I think I didn't cross it," he said. "I really want to check if I did cross it, but when I went out I am car number 11, and both TOM'S were in front of me, so I was the 13th car to go out. Everybody was doing wheelspin so the first time you go on the track you can't see anything, and I couldn't see the yellow line."
Following discussions between the stewards and the teams of other drivers involved, a statement was issued on Friday confirming that Merhi, Felix Rosenqvist and Hannes van Asseldonk - whose original penalty was never announced - will not face sanctions.
The stewards said: "Further information has...been made available to the stewards and in view of this information it is the view of the stewards that it is inappropriate to impose penalties in respect of three of the cars referred to in the initial report."
Merhi's seven place penalty for crashing into Felix Rosenqvist in qualifying still stands, while Rosenqvist will start from the back of the grid after being punished for crashing under yellow flag conditions in practice.