van der Garde handed five place grid penalty


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.”