Rio Haryanto has been handed a three-place grid penalty for his maiden Formula 1 race after clashing with Haas driver Romain Grosjean in the pit lane during practice in Australia on Saturday.
Haryanto and Grosjean collided at the beginning of FP3 in Melbourne as both moved into the ‘fast lane’ on pit road.
The collision prompted Haas to change the floor on Grosjean’s car and repair much of the front of his car, while Haryanto required a new front wing.
After the session, the stewards requested to see both drivers to clear up the incident, eventually deeming Haryanto to have been at fault.
“The driver of car 88 [Haryanto] left the team garage and did not pay attention to the approaching car which was in the fast lane,” a brief statement from the stewards read.
Haryanto was handed a three-place grid penalty, meaning he will start his first F1 race from last on the grid after qualifying 21st.
Haryanto also received two points on his FIA super license ahead of his grand prix debut, with drivers receiving a race ban if they accrue 12 at any time.
The Indonesian rookie felt frustrated after qualifying, having only been afforded a single lap in the session due to the new elimination knockout system.
“After the previous Q1 system of having 20 minutes to extract the best from the car and driver, it felt pretty strange to have such a short qualifying,” Haryanto said.
“Today we only had time for one lap. It wasn’t a bad lap either, but it also wasn’t perfect. I could have been quicker and that’s what we’ll have to work on but even with a tenth or so to play with we would still have been out of time.
“Still, I completed my first qualifying, learned a lot and my job is to keep improving in every area. Tomorrow is my first F1 race and I’m very excited for that. I’m sure we can have a better day.”