Verschoor loses F2 win, Daruvala takes first but faces investigation · RaceFans


Richard Verschoor has been stripped of his victory in today’s Formula 2 feature race at the Red Bull Ring.

The Trident driver’s car failed a technical inspection after the race. Fears were raised when he Verschoor pulled to the side of the track shortly after taking the chequered flag, saying that he didn’t believe he would be able to make it back to the pits.

The stewards later confirmed it had not been possible to extract the required 0.8 kilograms of fuel from Verschoor’s car for analysis. Just 31.3 grams of petrol were drawn from its tank. As Verschoor’s car failed a technical inspection, the penalty is disqualification.

“During the after-race scrutineering car 20 [Verschoor] was not able to provide a fuel sample of [minimum] 0.8 kilograms,” the stewards noted. “Only 31.3 grams of fuel could be extracted from the car. This is not in compliance with article 14.6 of the Technical Regulations.”

Article 14.6 specifies that “competitors must ensure that a 0.8kg sample of fuel may be taken from the car at any time during the event.”

Second-placed Jehan Daruvala therefore stands to inherit the win. However the Red Bull Junior Team member is also under investigation over whether his team dried his grid spot before the race in contravention of the rules. Logan Sargeant finished third for Carlin.

No further action was taken over a collision between Cem Bolukbasi and Liam Lawson. Daruvala’s Prema team mate Dennis Hauger, who finished sixth, also faces an investigation over whether his mechanics not did not lie his tyres flat during his pit stop.

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