Formula 2 driver Mahaveer Raghunathan is two-thirds of the way towards collecting a race weekend ban for the second time this year after picking up another penalty in today’s qualifying session.
Raghunathan was previously banned from the Austrian round of the championship after exceeding 12 penalty points over the course of the first nine races. Those 12 points were deducted after his ban was served. Each F2 round features two races.
He has committed a number of different transgressions since the season began in Bahrain, where he collected his first penalty for passing the chequered flag twice. He also failed to stop for the weigh bridge and passed a rival under Safety Car conditions in Baku. He picked up a further two penalties in Monaco after tangling with Jack Aitken and driving through the pit lane exit on lap one.
Raghunathan’s most serious infraction came at Paul Ricard where the stewards ruled he failed to follow the Virtual Safety Car instructions for three laps in a row and gave him three penalty points for each lap.
Today’s error also earned him a three-place grid penalty. His team mate Jordan King was given the same penalty and licence endorsement for the same reason. Aitken was investigated for the same incident, but cleared when the stewards ruled he “just entered the yellow flag sector in the moment the yellow flags came out, and taking into account that the relevant section includes a quick corner, the driver had no realistic chance to slow down more than he did.”
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