Following this morning’s GP2 Series sprint race from the streets of Baku, Azerbaijan, Nobuharu Matsushita did a fair bit of erratic driving on restarts and has thus been suspended by series officials ahead of the next round in Austria at the start of July.
Per the series, Matsushita overtook a Safety Car before the line and then bobbed and weaved from there, which caused danger to other competitors.
In another Safety Car period, Matsushita moved all over the track and accelerated and braked repeatedly.
ART Grand Prix will need to find a substitute driver then.
During its layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, MotoGP will become the latest racing series to enter the virtual world.
The MotoGP Virtual Race will be held at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, March 29 with 10 riders. It will be streamed on several platforms, including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel. Reigning series champion Marc Marquez is among the riders in the field.
The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.
Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.
IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.