Doohan disqualified from third on grid, five others penalised

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Jack Doohan has lost the third place he qualified in for this weekend’s Formula 2 feature race after his car failed a technical check.

Five other Formula 2 drivers have been given grid penalties following today’s qualifying session.

Doohan, who took third on the grid with a late, rapid lap, was disqualified entirely from the session as officials were unable to obtain the required 0.8 litre fuel sample from his car. He has been given permission to start both the sprint and feature races from the back of the grid.

Several drivers were forced to abandon laps late in the session due to fuel shortages. F2 teams are not allowed to refuel their cars during qualifying and a series of red flag interruptions meant several drivers found themselves running out. Doohan’s Virtuosi team asked for this to be considered in mitigation.

However the stewards’ report said that they “acknowledge the team manager’s statement that this was an unusual session in terms of the number of red flags that were issued.

“On their part, the team affirmed that they miscalculated the fuel load.” However, the technical regulations leave no room in terms of avoiding a sanction if a fuel sample cannot be gained.”

Five other drivers received grid drop penalties for incidents during the session.

Frederik Vesti was penalised three grid places for impeding Ralph Boschung through turn 27, with a single penalty point applied to his license. Juri Vips was penalised for impeding Enzo Fittipaldi through turn 22 and received the same penalty as Vesti. Olli Caldwell was given the same three-place grid drop and penalty point for impeding Vips, also at turn 22 but it was considered that Caldwell “could have taken better measures to avoid impeding car eight [Vips] and, therefore, did impede car eight.”

Clement Novalak was given a five-place grid penalty for impeding Caldwell at turn 22, with three penalty points added to his license. Novalak was penalised harder because of the apparent danger of the incident.

“Car 12 [Novalak] was to the right of the centre of the track in the high speed curve approaching turn 22,” the stewards noted. “The driver had not been notified of an approaching car and although he was checking his mirrors, he did not do so as he moved right towards the edge of the track. He then checked his mirrors, saw car 14 [Caldwell] approaching quickly on his right and jerked quickly left to allow car 14 to pass on his inside.

“The lack of situational awareness by Car 12 made this a dangerous case of impeding, especially given the high speed nature of this section of the circuit.”

Amaury Cordeel faces the largest grid drop, of 10 places, for failing to follow yellow flag procedure. He was judged to have slowed insufficiently while passing Logan Sargeant’s crashed car. The Van Amersfoort driver also received four penalty points on his license.

Hitech Grand Prix was also told to pay a fine of €500 following releasing Marcus Armstrong’s car unsafely, into the path of Doohan.

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Saudi Arabia F2 sprint race grid

1Dennis HaugerPrema
2Jake HughesVan Amersfoort
3Calan WilliamsTrident
4Ayumu IwasaDAMS
5Liam LawsonCarlin
6Jüri VipsHitech
7Ralph BoschungCampos
8Marcus ArmstrongHitech
9Richard VerschoorTrident
10Felipe DrugovichMP
11Roy NissanyDAMS
12Marino SatoVirtuosi
13Jehan DaruvalaPrema
14Enzo FittipaldiCharouz
15Clement NovalakMP
16Logan SargeantCarlin
17Frederik VestiART
18Theo PourchaireART
19Olli CaldwellCampos
20Amaury CordeelVan Amersfoort
21Jack DoohanVirtuosi
DNQCem BolukbasiCharouz

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Hazel Southwell
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4 comments on “Doohan disqualified from third on grid, five others penalised”

  1. Probably the right race to be disqualified from.

  2. The irony of running out of fuel in Saudi Arabia.

    1. I guess the irony would be similar to running out of fuel in Bahrain!

  3. The fact that position penalty is applied to the sprint race but not to the qualified position makes it slightly awkward. Because Vips should have been second in grid (9th in Feature), but thanks to Doohan DQ, he got be 3rd (so 8th in the Feature). But now the impending penalty comes forward and he is set to be 6th. I guess still 8th for feature race then?
    Would make more sense if the reverse grid is applied after all the penalties are dished out.

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