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Grosjean penalty hands win to Pantano in Germany

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Grosjean penalty hands win to Pantano in Germany

Romain Grosjean claimed his first GP2 Series feature race win at Hockenheim race one, but celebration soon turned to disappointment as he was handed a 25 second penalty. The ART Grand Prix driver was stripped of the win when a penalty was ...

Romain Grosjean claimed his first GP2 Series feature race win at Hockenheim race one, but celebration soon turned to disappointment as he was handed a 25 second penalty.

The ART Grand Prix driver was stripped of the win when a penalty was handed down for an overtaking manoeuvre on backmarker Marko Asmer three laps from the chequered flag. He was deemed to have taken the place under yellow flag conditions.

Giorgio Pantano leads Romain Grosjean.
Photo by GP2 media service.

Due to the penalty Giorgio Pantano will now be awarded the maximum points but Grosjean will get second place.

Grosjean, the reigning GP2 Asia champion, won the GP2 sprint race in Turkey and would have added the German feature race to his achievements when he crossed the line some 10 seconds in the lead. Pantano had lead from pole up to the 35th lap on a dry track but a sudden downpour made for tricky conditions for the drivers all on slick tyres at that point. The Italian, with the championship campaign to think about ran wide and the charging Grosjean got past with 3 laps remaining.

Although some cars pitted for wets, both Grosjean and Pantano elected to stay out with such a short distance to go. It was a tough call but proved the right one for the two leaders, behind them it was a different story. Javier Villa came off the track from third place almost within sight of the finish and Andi Zuber and Sebastien Buemi were soon to follow.

This elevated Alvaro Parente to an unexpected podium position after a brave final lap. "A great victory," said the italian. "Thanks to the entire team for giving me a perfect car for yet another weekend."

Bruno Senna had pitted for wets and was on a charge getting past Andi Zuber and on the tail of Parente. The pair battled to keep their cars in the track, Senna now on the right tyres for the conditions got ahead of Parente followed by Zuber but then spun off the track along with Zuber allowing Parente to take fourth place back with the Brazillian back in fifth. Javier Villa disappearance from third place on the final lap elevating Parente to third and Senna to fourth. The incident did championship title competitor Senna no good at all, loosing more precious points to the leader Pantano.

Additionally Penalties were handed out to Mike Conway, Jerome d'Ambrosio and Vitaly Petrov who will receive a ten grid place penalty after it was decided they had failed to slow down for the yellow flag in the final stages of the race. This will put all three to the back of the grid.

Sunday's sprint race can be expected to be equally dramatic if the rain falls. It will start at 9.30am local time, ahead of the Formula one event.

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