Amaury Cordeel has come a third of the way to another ban in his first race since returning from the last.
The Van Amersfoort Formula 2 driver was given a total of four penalty points in today’s sprint race at the Red Bull Ring. He did not race in the previous round at Silverstone after picking up 12 penalty points in those first six double-header events, triggering an automatic ban.
He received three penalty points plus a 30-second time penalty for a single incident after today’s race. Cordeel passed another car on the way back to the pits in an area of the track covered in double-waving yellow flags.
He told the stewards he “performed his standard end-of-race routine after passing the checkered flag” in 16th place, the stewards explained. “He drove to parc fermé at a moderate speed but admitted he hadn’t paid enough attention to the flag signals as he was focused on other things.
“As double-waving yellow flags during the race in general and after the checkered flag in particular have a high priority as they signal that there is potential danger on the track, the marshals have reinforced that any breach of these safety rules, i.e. overtaking another car cannot be accepted and that, therefore, severe penalties will be imposed for such infractions.
“They advised the driver to pay attention to any flag signals at all times while in the car. The driver accepted responsibility.
Cordeel received another penalty point for repeatedly going over the track limits. He was not alone in this offence: Olli Caldwell, Frederik Vesti and returning former Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi also received the same.
With 13 races remaining this season, Cordeel risks receiving another ban if he continues at this rate. But Caldwell is in more immediate danger: he is now on 11 penalty points, which means the Campos driver will be forced to miss a round if he recovers another before the end of the season.
Théo Pourchaire avoided a penalty that could have jeopardized his second place. The ART driver was investigated for exceeding track limits more than three times, but the Stewards found that “the driver’s third violation of track limits inadvertently displayed twice on the messaging screen, bringing the total number to four violations, but in fact the pilot had only left the track three times.
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