Giedo van der Garde given 5 place grid penalty for British Grand Prix
The Dutch driver was handed the penalty after holding up Nico Hulkenberg.
The grid drop was given after the rookie was deemed to have ignored blue flags and been too slow when reacting to Nico Hulkenberg’s attempt to lap him. The pair later collided at the final corner which put pay to both their races.
The contact gave Hulkenberg a puncture and caused damage to van der Garde’s front wing. He returned to the track and attempted to make it back to the pits but the front wing eventually became detached from its support and folded under his car.
It was his second penalty of the race after he was given a ten second stop-go during today’s 70 lap race for ignoring blue flags for Mark Webber’s Red Bull and turning in on the Aussie at the turn 11 hairpin. The contact damaged Webber’s front wing and apologised on twitter after the race for the collision, saying “Wanna say sorry @AussieGrit & will learn from very strong decision by stewards. Now we move on…”
His team-mate Charles Pic finished the race in 18th place.
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