Austrian Grand Prix sprint race results changed as Martin Brundle theory proved wrong | F1 | Sport


Nico Hulkenberg picked up a 10-second time penalty and two penalty points for a clash with Fernando Alonso during the Austrian Grand Prix sprint race, dropping him from 14th to 19th in the final results.

The German racer made a divebomb move down the inside of Aston Martin racer Fernando Alonso, but in doing so forced the veteran Spaniard off the track.

He held onto the position and eventually finished two places higher than the Aston Martin driver, but the FIA stewards placed him under investigation and ultimately took a dim view of his move.

After a brief post-race review, the stewards landed on their punishment and stated: “The driver of Car 27 attempted an overtake on Car 14 into Turn 3 but locked up and missed the apex.

“The Car understeered to the very edge of the track, thereby preventing Car 14 from turning in and forcing the other driver off track.”

The ruling of a 10-second time penalty and two penalty points disproved Sky Sports F1 co-commentator Brundle’s theory that the Haas driver would not receive any punishment for his bold move.

Reviewing the move that landed Hulkenberg in hot water, Brundle insisted that the Haas driver’s move was strong but fair as he ‘didn’t run off the circuit’ in the process of overtaking Alonso.

With his penalty applied, Hulkenberg dropped below five cars with only Zhou Guanyu classified behind him, but there were at least some positives for Haas team principal Ayao Komatsu to take.

Kevin Magnussen improved on his starting grid slot to finish in P9 with an impressive six-second buffer to ninth-placed Lance Stroll. Unfortunately for the North Carolina-based outfit, he was one position short of claiming a point for his efforts.



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