Piquet Loses Fastest Lap

Nelson Piquet Jr has lost his fastest lap, and the two points that go with it, after changing his tyres in race two at the Circuit Nevers Magny Cours

Piquet Loses Fastest Lap

Piquet, who had an ill-handling car for most of the race, came into the pits twice - once on the second lap and again in the closing stages of the race - and both times he was fitted with new tyres.

Before the season, the sporting regulations allowed competitors to change tyres in the second race, but as a result of a large number of drivers changing tyres in race two at Imola in search of the fastest lap it was felt that this gave an unfair advantage.

As a result of this, section 34.5 of the sporting regulations was amended to allow competitors to change tyres during race two only if they have a problem with their tyres.

Accordingly Gianmaria Bruni has been given the two points for fastest lap, set on lap two, and he now moves into third place overall in the Championship with 31 points, just three behind Adam Carroll.

"I am okay but it's been a really bad weekend for me, especially now because I have fallen back in the Championship," Piquet commented. "I was feeling really confident but when there's a problem with the car in the first race, it affects the whole weekend.

"Now I'm just going to concentrate on doing a good job at Silverstone next week. It's a great track, one of my favourites, and I've won there a few times before in F3. We have to stay positive and work hard and hopefully we will have a good race there."

Revised Standings:

Drivers' Championship     Teams' Championship
 1.  Kovalainen    52     1.  Arden International      64
 2.  Carroll       34     2.  Super Nova International 44
 3.  Bruni         31     3.  ART Grand Prix           43
 4.  Rosberg       29     4.  Coloni Motorsport        34
 =   Speed         29     5.  iSport International     31
 6.  Lopez         25     6.  DAMS                     25
 7.  Jani          20     7.  Racing Engineering       20
 8.  Piquet Jr.    18     8.  Hitech Piquet Sports     19
 9.  Premat        14     9.  Durango                  10
10.  Lapierre      12     =   BCN Competicion          10
11.  Pantano       10    11.  DPR                       4
12.  Piccione       9    12.  Campos Racing             3
13.  Yoshimoto      8
14.  Hernandez      3
 =   Lauda          3
16.  Pla            2
 =   Artam          2
 =   Viso           2
 =   Sharp          2
20.  Monfardini     1
 =   Negrao         1
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