Nasr gets grid penalty for impeding Massa

Sauber driver Felipe Nasr will receive a three-place grid penalty for having impeded compatriot Felipe Massa in qualifying for the duo's home round, the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Nasr was adjudged to have held up Massa in Q1, from which both would move on to Q2 with little trouble.

Having qualified 11th and subsequently moving up to a provisional 10th due to Daniel Ricciardo's engine penalty, Nasr is now set to start the race in 13th, allowing Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Marcus Ericsson to move up a spot.

Nasr will also have two penalty points added to his license.

"Felipe maybe didn't see me and he just blocked my lap," commented Massa. "I almost couldn't get to Q2.

"He told me his information was Bottas was behind him. [Bottas] let me by and [Nasr] blocked my lap."

Brazilian Grand Prix grid

1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid 1:11.282
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid 1:11.360
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari SF15-T 1:11.804
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari SF15-T 1:12.144
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Force India VJM08 1:12.265
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB11 1:12.322
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams Williams FW37 1:12.085
8 Felipe Massa Williams Williams FW37 1:12.415
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR10 1:12.739
10 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR10 1:13.045
11 Sergio Perez Force India Force India VJM08 1:13.147
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Sauber C34 1:13.233
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber Sauber C34 1:12.989
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team Lotus E23 Hybrid 1:13.913
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team Lotus E23 Hybrid 1:13.385
16 Jenson Button McLaren McLaren MP4-30 1:13.425
17 Alexander Rossi Manor Marussia MR03B 1:16.151
18 Will Stevens Manor Marussia MR03B 1:16.283
19 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB11 1:12.417
20 Fernando Alonso McLaren McLaren MP4-30  


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Series Formula 1
Event Brazilian GP
Track Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Drivers Felipe Massa , Felipe Nasr
Teams Williams , Sauber
Article type Breaking news