Giedo van der Garde has been given a five-place grid penalty after his involvement in two incidents during today’s Canadian Grand Prix.
The Caterham driver failed to let Mark Webber pass him under blue flags, causing contact between the two drivers which damaged the Red Bull’s front wing. Although he received a 10 second stop/go penalty for the incident, the FIA has decided to incorporate it into this grid penalty.
Furthermore, van der Garde made contact with Nico Hulkenberg later on in the race, causing both drivers to retire. Although NBC’s Will Buxton is unsure of van der Garde’s role in the incident, the FIA has decided that the Dutchman is to blame.
As a result of the incidents, van der Garde will be relegated five places on the grid at the British Grand Prix.
van der Garde was in a reflective mood after the race, tweeting “Real tough day. Wanna say sorry @AussieGrit [Mark Webber] & will learn from very strong decision by stewards. Now we move on…. #NeverGiveUp.”
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.