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.