After being informed over the radio on his in-lap of a five-second time penalty for his defence of the lead of the final lap against Yuki Tsunoda at Les Combes that cost him victory, Mazepin drove into the P2 board in parc ferme, sending it flying just as Tsunoda was about to walk in front of it to celebrate with his team.
After the race, Mazepin complained of his 5s penalty: “If the stewards keep going like this there’s going to be no racing on track.”
Race stewards decided that the Hitech driver “approached parc ferme at too great a speed, before making contact with the second-place marker”.
Mazepin’s Hitech team had also been under investigation during the race for an unsafe release of the Russian, when he left his pit box towards some Trident mechanics who were forced to take evasive action. The team was given a reprimand for this.
MP Motorsport pair Felipe Drugovich and Nobuharu Matsushita have also both been penalised, following their collision approaching Blanchimont. Matsushita has been given a three-place grid drop for Sunday’s Sprint Race.
He was found to have pulled across the nose of Drugovich’s car, which damaged his teammate’s front wing. The stewards determined that the Japanese driver was wholly responsible for the contact.
Drugovich, who ended up in…