It is his second reprimand of the season, meaning that both he and Charles Pic – who was handed one on Friday for missing a weight check – are on the bubble of being given 10-place grid drops if they both receive another sanction during the remainder of the season. It won’t make too much difference though as both drivers are currently battling for a place on the back two rows.
Despite di Resta progressing through to Q2, he was still frustrated by Bianchi’s actions as it put him on the bubble of dropping out. Fortunately both Williams drivers aborted their final runs and the Scot just scraped through in 16th.
“The driver of car number 22 [Bianchi] (on an out lap) was given a radio warning of the approach of car number 14 [di Resta] (on a fast lap) but decided to stay on line to start his own flying lap,” a statement from the stewards reads.
“The stewards consider that car number 22 could have safely allowed car number 14 to pass before starting his flying lap.”
Bianchi had qualified in 21st place, meaning that his grid penalty will only drop him behind team-mate Max Chilton to 22nd.
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