Merhi excluded from Formula Renault 3.5 races for causing crash after checkered flag (VIDEO)

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Manor F1 driver Roberto Merhi will take no part in the second Formula Renault 3.5 race at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday afternoon after causing a bizarre accident after the checkered flag earlier today.

After crossing the line in fourth place, Merhi – driving with Pons Racing in the F1 feeder series – slowed down dramatically.

Fifth-placed Nicholas Latifi was unable to avoid the Spaniard after taking the checkered flag, slamming into the back of his car with considerable force.

Thankfully, both drivers walked way unharmed, although the same could not be said of their cars.

The stewards moved swiftly to hand Merhi a ten second time penalty for causing the accident, dropping him to 11th place in the race one classification.

They then followed this by excluding him from both the first race and the second round at the Red Bull Ring, which is set to take place later this evening.

The first race was won by British driver Oliver Rowland, extending his lead at the top of the championship standings. Red Bull junior driver Dean Stoneman finished second ahead of McLaren youngster Nyck de Vries in third.