Felipe Nasr given five-place grid penalty for GP2 sprint race
|Saturday, April 21st 2012, 16:53 GMT|
Felipe Nasr has been given a five-place grid penalty for Sunday's GP2 sprint race in Bahrain as a punishment for a collision with Johnny Cecotto Jr in the opening race.
Reigning British Formula 3 champion Nasr (DAMS) and Addax driver Cecotto were part of the large group of cars embroiled in a spectacular battle for the podium positions when they came together at half-distance.
Both drivers were eliminated in the accident, which also prompted a safety car period. Nasr and Cecotto remonstrated over the incident as they walked away from their cars afterwards.
The stewards ruled that Nasr was at fault, and bestowed a five-place grid drop for race two.
As Nasr retired in the clash, the penalty will mean he falls from 23rd to 26th, while Cecotto starts 22nd.
Nasr's DAMS team-mate Davide Valsecchi took the feature race win.