Antonio Giovinazzi penalised, Raffaele Marciello to Sunday pole

Antonio Giovinazzi has been penalised for his last-lap clash with Raffaele Marciello in the first Barcelona GP2 race, while Marciello finds himself with pole for Sunday

Antonio Giovinazzi penalised, Raffaele Marciello to Sunday pole

Marciello had fought through to eighth place and reverse grid pole in the closing stages of Saturday's season opener, only to end up in the Turn 4 gravel after a hit from Giovinazzi on what had appeared to be the final racing lap.

At the time, just over a minute had remained on the clock - the race running to its one-hour time limit rather than the scheduled 37 laps following two earlier safety car periods - and ended under yellow due to Marciello's stranded car.

Organisers later ruled that the result should be taken from the end of lap 33 due to the chequered flag having been accidentally shown early.

That nullified the effect of Marciello and Giovinazzi's lap 34 collision and meant the former Ferrari junior kept eighth place and returned to race two pole.

Giovinazzi was given a 20-second time penalty in lieu of a drive-through for causing the tangle and consequently dropped to 18th place, with Oliver Rowland and Gustav Malja rising to ninth and 10th.

Another effect of the result being taken from lap 33 was that Alex Lynn's last-gasp move on Sergio Canamasas for fifth was cancelled out, putting the Carlin driver back into the top five.

REVISED RACE ONE RESULT - 33 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 58m51.044s
2 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1.337s
3 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 4.248s
4 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 5.145s
5 Sergio Canamasas Carlin 7.294s
6 Alex Lynn DAMS 7.596s
7 Jordan King Racing Engineering 8.678s
8 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 11.544s
9 Gustav Malja Rapax 13.102s
10 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 17.513s
11 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 18.526s
12 Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing 21.773s
13 Arthur Pic Rapax 23.022s
14 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 23.787s
15 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 24.125s
16 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 24.348s
17 Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing 27.522s
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 32.156s
19 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 1 Lap
- Philo Paz Armand Trident Retirement
- Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix Retirement
- Luca Ghiotto Trident Retirement

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