Piastri loses his second place on the grid

Piastri loses his second place on the grid

While he was due to start alongside polesitter Max Verstappen during the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, Oscar Piastri was penalized three places on the starting grid for hindering Kevin Magnussen during the qualifying session.

On Sunday, Max Verstappen will start in pole position for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix and will have an orange car alongside him on the starting grid, but it will not be that of Oscar Piastri. The Australian driver received a three-place penalty and it is his teammate Lando Norris, winner two weeks ago in Miami, who will start in second position. Piastri’s fault? Having hampered Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, who was performing his last fast lap, during Q1. The two drivers and their representatives were heard by the stewards at the end of the qualifying session, and the 23-year-old Australian was found guilty.

Piastri explained that, coming out of the pits, he was unable to see Magnussen at the chicane of turns 2 and 3 due to the configuration of the circuit, which the Dane admitted. But the stewards considered that the McLaren team had not sufficiently warned its driver of the approach of a faster car, hence the three-place penalty. Kevin Magnussen set the 18th time in this session and was therefore unable to progress to Q2. He will start on the penultimate row, with Guanyou Zhou (Sauber).

Piastri alongside Russell

Following this penalty, the first row will therefore be composed of Max Verstappen and Lando Norris, the second of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr and the third of Oscar Piastri and George Russell. Before learning that he was penalized, Oscar Piastri said he was confident for Sunday’s race.

“Here it is very, very difficult to do a perfect lap. I’m really happy, I’ve been very comfortable with the car since the moment we put it on track yesterday. I think we were on pace throughout the weekend. Of course it’s not the easiest track to overtake, but I think the confidence is high and we can do something good. » Starting fifth will perhaps change things a little…

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