Dorian Boccolacci has been disqualified post-race from today’s opening GP3 race of the weekend.
The Frenchman, who had dominated the race to claim the first GP3 win for the MP Motorsport, has been disqualified from the results alongside his team-mate Niko Kari after the race stewards were unable to collect an adequate fuel sample from the two cars. The stewards should be able to take a mandatory one litre fuel sample from any car in accordance with the Technical Regulations.
With Boccolacci stripped of his victory, it means ART’s Anthoine Hubert scores his maiden win in the series. Whilst it is not how Hubert would have liked to win for the first time, it does remove the pressure that was mounting on the Frenchman to take his first win after scoring two second places in Barcelona. ART team-mate Nikita Mazepin moves up to second whilst reverse grid specialist Giuliano Alesi moves up on to the podium at his home race.
As a result of Niko Kari being disqualified from fifth place, Leonardo Pulcini moves up to fourth ahead of Alessio Lorandi. Pedro Piquet scores extra points as he moves up two places to sixth but will lose out on pole position for tomorrow’s reverse grid race. The honour of starting from pole tomorrow will go to British driver Callum Ilott, who will be looking for a strong result after being stuck behind Joey Mawson in today’s race. Mawson will make up the front row, which is the least he deserves after his performance this weekend.
Juan Manuel Correa and Jake Hughes move up into the points in ninth and tenth.
Anthoine Hubert now leads the drivers championship with 59 points ahead of team-mate Mazepin and Trident’s Alesi, who are 16 and 21 points behind respectively. ART also extend their lead in the team’s championship with 132 points, with Trident in second with 70.