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Nasr handed penalty for blocking Massa at Interlagos

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Felipe Nasr has been hit with a three-place grid penalty for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix after blocking Felipe Massa during qualifying at Interlagos on Saturday.

With one minute to go in Q2, Massa was forced wide on his flying lap at Juncao after coming across a slow-moving Nasr on the entry to the corner.

The Williams driver raised his arm in protest, and was fortunate to make it through to the final top ten shootout before qualifying eighth overall.

Nasr failed to make it through to Q3, but did produce a strong display in qualifying to finish 11th and provisionally give himself a top ten starting position for tomorrow’s race with other penalties applied.

However, the stewards looked dimly on the incident with Massa, siding with the Williams driver and handing Nasr a grid drop.

“The Stewards, having received a report from the Race Director, heard from both drivers and team representatives and examined video evidence, have considered the following matter, determine a breach of the regulations has been committed,” a statement read.

It went on to confirm that Nasr would drop three places on the grid for tomorrow’s race, and had also been handed two penalty points for his misdemeanor.

Nasr had been due to start P10 thanks to Daniel Ricciardo’s penalty, but will now drop to P13 for the start of tomorrow’s race at Interlagos.

Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.