Adrian Sutil has been handed a three place grid penalty for impeding Lewis Hamilton during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza today.
The Force India driver was called before the stewards along with Hamilton for the incident that took place in the final minute of Q2 today, with the British driver believing that he was held up by the Force India on his quickest lap of the session.
Hamilton had failed to post a competitive time during his first run due to a mistake on the exit of Parabolica. However, when entering the same corner on his second run, he was forced to lift off in order to avoid hitting Sutil, thus costing him time that eventually saw Hamilton finish twelfth in Q2.
The result brings to an end Hamilton’s incredible run of sixty-seven consecutive top-ten qualifying results, but Sutil has paid the price for the incident after being penalized three positions on the grid by the FIA stewards.
As a result, Sutil will start tomorrow’s race in seventeenth position with Pastor Maldonado, Paul di Resta and Esteban Gutierrez all moving up one place on the provisional grid.
The appointed drivers’ steward for this weekend is former Indy 500 winner Danny Sullivan.
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.
MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup
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MORE: Stage 8 wrapup
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MORE: Stage 1 wrapup