GP2 leader Pierre Gasly excluded over fire extinguisher problem

GP2 championship leading Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly has been excluded from third in the Hockenheim opener due to an empty fire extinguisher

GP2 leader Pierre Gasly excluded over fire extinguisher problem

In-car footage appeared to show something leaking from the cockpit of Gasly's Prema Dallara early in the race, and a subsequent inspection found that the car's fire extinguisher was empty.

A statement from the officials said: "The stewards considered that the car did not comply with the safety equipment regulations".

Gasly had dropped from the front row to the midfield at the start of the race when his anti-stall system twice kicked in and then he ran wide while trying to regain ground.

He charged back through to third on the road, overtaking long-time leader Raffaele Marciello on the run to the line and claiming the final podium position - which now goes back to Marciello - by just 0.030 seconds.

The exclusion reduces his championship lead over race winner Sergey Sirotkin from 21 to six points.

It also means his Prema team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi will start from pole on Sunday morning as he is elevated from ninth to eighth in the feature race results, with Alex Lynn now second on the grid.

Gasly will have to start race two from 20th on the grid, ahead of only Daniel de Jong and Artem Markelov - both relegated to pitlane starts as punishments for collisions on Saturday.

REVISED RACE TWO STARTING GRID

Pos Driver Team
1 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing
2 Alex Lynn DAMS
3 Gustav Malja Rapax
4 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport
5 Arthur Pic Rapax
6 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME
7 Luca Ghiotto Trident
8 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix
9 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix
10 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin
11 Nabil Jeffri Arden International
12 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International
13 Rene Binder Carlin
14 Nicholas Latifi DAMS
15 Jordan King Racing Engineering
16 Philo Paz Armand Trident
17 Norman Nato Racing Engineering
18 Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing
19 Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing
20 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing
21 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport
22 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME

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