Sargeant promoted from third to victory by penalties for Verschoor and Daruvala

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Logan Sargeant has won the Formula 2 feature race at the Red Bull Ring having originally finished in third place.

On-the-road winner Richard Verschoor was disqualified for a technical infringement while Jehan Daruvala, who originally finished second, was handed a 20-second time penalty.

Fears were raised for Verschoor when he pulled to the side of the track shortly after taking the chequered flag. He told his team he didn’t believe he would be able to make it back to the pits.

The stewards later confirmed it had not been possible to extract the required 0.8 kilograms of fuel from Verschoor’s car for analysis. Just 31.3 grams of petrol were drawn from its tank. As Verschoor’s car failed a technical inspection, the penalty is disqualification.

“During the after-race scrutineering car 20 [Verschoor] was not able to provide a fuel sample of [minimum] 0.8 kilograms,” the stewards noted. “Only 31.3 grams of fuel could be extracted from the car. This is not in compliance with article 14.6 of the Technical Regulations.”

Article 14.6 specifies that “competitors must ensure that a 0.8kg sample of fuel may be taken from the car at any time during the event.”

Second-placed Jehan Daruvala stood to inherit the win but was given a drive-through penalty after the race after the stewards ruled his Prema team had dried his grid spot before the race, in contravention of the rules. As the drive-through was handed down after the race, it was converted into a 20-second penalty.

Therefore Logan Sargeant, who originally finished third for Carlin, becomes the race winner. Second place goes to Enzo Fittipaldi and former Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi is promoted to third place, despite having had a five-second time penalty of his own during the race.

No further action was taken over a collision between Cem Bolukbasi and Liam Lawson. Daruvala’s Prema team was also fined €1,000 after a violation at his team mate’s pit stop, when his mechanics not did not lie his tyres flat on the surface.

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Hazel Southwell
Hazel is a motorsport and automotive journalist with a particular interest in hybrid systems, electrification, batteries and new fuel technologies....

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4 comments on “Sargeant promoted from third to victory by penalties for Verschoor and Daruvala”

  1. Shame for both Jehan and Verschoor. Also why was there no penalty for Seargent for that turn3 overtake move during the race?

  2. A dream start of his return to F2 for Mehri!

  3. It’s curious, a surname which is almost identical to the “sergeant” word!

  4. Well that’s all a bit of a mess.

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