Antonio Giovinazzi, Nabil Jeffri excluded from Monza GP2 qualifying

GP2 title contender Antonio Giovinazzi has been put to the back of the grid for the Monza opener due to tyre pressure irregularities

Antonio Giovinazzi, Nabil Jeffri excluded from Monza GP2 qualifying

The Italian had been narrowly pipped to pole by Prema team-mate and championship leader Pierre Gasly.

But the stewards ruled Giovinazzi's car had "insufficient tyre pressures".

A Prema statement said the pressure discrepancy was minor and that the team had apologised to Giovinazzi.

"The stewards questioned the front left tyre pressure of the #20 car, which was found under the allowed range by 0.1 psi," it read.

"The difference did not impact on the Italian racer's performance but eventually proved crucial for him.

"The Prema team apologises to Giovinazzi and takes full responsibility for the mistake that deprived him of a deserved and valuable second place on tomorrow's starting grid."

Arden driver Nabil Jeffri was judged to have committed the same offence and has also been put to the back, having qualified a GP2 career best eighth.

Giovinazzi's demotion moves Artem Markelov up to the front row alongside Gasly. The Russian's third on the grid was already his best qualifying effort in the series.

REVISED STARTING GRID

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1m31.199s -
2 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m31.548s 0.349s
3 Arthur Pic Rapax 1m31.617s 0.418s
4 Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing 1m31.666s 0.467s
5 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m31.710s 0.511s
6 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m31.775s 0.576s
7 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 1m31.816s 0.617s
8 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1m31.845s 0.646s
9 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m31.855s 0.656s
10 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 1m31.864s 0.665s
11 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 1m31.986s 0.787s
12 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m32.037s 0.838s
13 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 1m32.172s 0.973s
14 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m32.192s 0.993s
15 Sergio Canamasas Carlin 1m32.196s 0.997s
16 Gustav Malja Rapax 1m32.215s 1.016s
17 Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing 1m32.481s 1.282s
18 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1m33.071s 1.872s
19 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1m33.269s 2.070s
20 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1m33.929s 2.730s
21 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing - -
22 Nabil Jeffri Arden International - -


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