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Bianchi receives grid penalty and reprimand

Jules Bianchi has been penalised by the stewards for impeding Paul Di Resta during the first part of qualifying in Korea
Saturday, October 5, 2013

October 5th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Jules Bianchi has been penalised by the stewards after qualifying due to an incident in which he impeded Paul Di Resta during Q1 while Di Resta was on a flying lap. Bianchi received a three-place grid penalty for tomorrow's race and a reprimand, his second of the season.

On Di Resta's final flying lap in the first part of qualifying, he came up behind behind Bianchi, who was on an out lap and about to start his flying lap, in the final sector of the track. Bianchi was warned of Di Resta's approach on the radio, but did not get out of the way of the Force India. Di Resta consequently lost a significant amount of time in the final sector of his lap.

As it turned out, Di Resta managed to proceed to Q2 anyway, but only just - he was 16th fastest in Q1 out of 16 drivers to go through to Q2. But it was clear that Bianchi could have given Di Resta room to pass and it was fairly obvious that a penalty would result from the incident.

The stewards handed Bianchi a three-place grid penalty for holidng Di Resta up, but then added a reprimand to the punishment as the grid penalty made very little difference to Bianchi's grid position - he qualified 21st out of 22 drivers, and so only loses one place as he goes to the back of the field. 

The reprimand is Bianchi's second of the season. If he receives one more, he will earn himself an automatic 10-place grid penalty.

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