Sainz and Kvyat avoid penalties for late clash (VIDEO)

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MONTMELO – Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat have both avoided a post-race penalty after clashing in the final stages of today’s Spanish Grand Prix.

The two drivers were fighting over ninth and tenth position on the final lap of the race, but made contact heading into the first corner after both drivers changed position.

Sainz was forced off-track, but came under investigation after he appeared to gain an advantage by doing so, thus allowing him to finish the race in ninth place ahead of the Red Bull driver.

“I think he should be penalized,” Kvyat said after the race. “It was a nice battle but he passed me off the track, cut the chicane and didn’t give the position back. But anyway, let’s see what the stewards will say.”

The stewards did not agree with Kvyat, and instead deemed the clash to have been a racing incident given that the Russian had changed position three times.

“On each alleged breach, no further action is deemed warranted,” a statement from the stewards read.

As a result, the preliminary classification remains unchanged, meaning that Sainz keeps ninth place ahead of Kvyat in P10.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.