In the round-up: Cem Bolukbasi’s father has had his credentials withdrawn for the Silverstone round, following a “scuffle” with Roy Nissany’s team.
Bolukbasi fined after father’s altercation with DAMS team
Bolukbasi retired from the race following a collision with DAMS driver Roy Nissany. Bolukbasi’s father subsequently confronted Nissany at his team’s garage. The situation escalated into physical tussle, which the stewards took a dim view of.
“After an on track incident between cars 16 (Nissany) and 23 (Bolukbasi) the father of the driver of car 23, Mr Yavuz Bolukbasi, along with the driver’s manager went to the DAMS paddock tent,” the stewards explained.
“Mr Bolukbasi admitted that he lost his temper when he thought that the driver of car 16 made a derogatory comment about his son. At the DAMS tent Mr Bolukbasi provoked a heated verbal exchange with the driver of car 16. As the verbal exchange escalated the trainer for Roy Nissany became involved and there was some pushing and physical contact between the father and the trainer (Francesco). No punches were exchanged and the unwanted guests were removed from the area.
“At no time will physical violence, nor the threat of such be tolerated. In keeping with ISC Art. 9.15.1 competitors are responsible for all acts of persons to whom they have given access to the reserved areas. The threat of violence and the actual minor scuffle that took place as initiated by Mr Bolukbasi are determined to be a breach of ISC 12.2.1(c).
Accordingly the driver is fined and the individual initiating the offence is sanctioned.
Stroll retirement caused by vibration
Lance Stroll’s retirement from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was caused by an unidentified vibration, he said after the race.
“It is a shame that we had to retire the car,” said Stroll. “The engineers could see the car was suffering from a vibration issue, so they asked me to retire the car. We are still not quite sure what the problem was, so we will have to do some work over the next week to investigate it and fix things.”
Sebastian Vettel recorded the team’s best result of the season so far with sixth place. “Sebastian proved our car has the pace, so hopefully we can come back stronger for my home race in Canada next week,” Stroll added.
Toyota takes fifth consecutive Le Mans win
Former Toro Rosso drivers Brendon Hartley and Sebastien Buemi shared victory at Le Mans for Toyota with Super Formula driver Ryo Hirakawa, a newcomer to the team. The number eight Toyota hypercar finished over two minutes ahead of the team’s sister car. It is Buemi’s fourth Le Mans victory and Hartley’s third.
All five hypercar entries finished the race, with Glickenhaus’ entries taking third and fourth place, respectively five and ten laps down from the lead Toyota.
Buemi’s fellow Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa and former Marussia driver Will Stevens took LMP2 honours with team mate Roberto Gonzalez. They battled for much of the race with former Williams driver and Alfa Romeo reserve Robert Kubica and former Formula 2 racer and Haas reserve Louis Deletraz, who came second in the class alongside amateur team mate Lorenzo Colombo.
Vips ‘really pushing’ before race-losing crash – Hauger
Formula 2 feature race winner Dennis Hauger suspects the pressure he was applying to fellow Red Bull junior Jüri Vips prompted his crash while leading yesterday’s race.
“I really tried to keep some pressure on Jüri and on the lap he crashed I put in a purple sector one,” Hauger said after the race. “I really wanted to make the step to get right behind him before the straight, but then he maybe got stressed or something.”
“He was really pushing so obviously with the small margins it can happen. I’m happy we kept it clean and in the end got our first feature race win.”
Vips apologised for his error in a social media post. “Sorry to my team and everyone who supports me,” he said. “Messed up, shouldn’t happen.”
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