Zhou to start from pit lane after sprint damage

Zhou to start from pit lane after sprint damage

Zhou Guanyu will begin from the pit lane for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, because of the repairs required after his dash qualifying crash.

Zhou collided with Pierre Gasly on the primary lap of the dash race at Imola, with the Chinese language driver having tagged wheels with the AlphaTauri as he tried to overhaul across the outdoors on the quick left-hander, Piratella, which left each drivers hindered.

Whereas Gasly was in a position to come again to the pits and get again on observe with a change of tyres, the Alfa Romeo was despatched careering throughout the circuit and into the obstacles, leaving him with vital harm and requiring the deployment of the Security Automobile for the remainder of the sphere.

Each drivers voiced their frustration on the incident, however the stewards deemed that no investigation was crucial, and it was chalked up as a racing incident.

As his crash got here in dash qualifying, Zhou’s retirement would have left him ranging from the very again of the grid anyway, however the work wanted on his automobile means he may have the additional penalty of needing to start out from the pit lane, because the workforce will break parc fermé laws to get his C42 mounted.

“The rear of the automobile is totally destroyed,” Zhou admitted to Formula1.com afterwards. “So a variety of work to do for the mechanics, and [it was] a bit unlucky, in fact, to finish the race like that.

“It will likely be much less alternatives [in the race] however I feel, wanting on the climate forecast, all the things may nonetheless occur. There’s extra to play for, it’s too early to surrender but, however let’s get the automobile mounted first after which we’ll take a look.”

Zhou’s Alfa Romeo team-mate Valtteri Bottas, in the meantime, will begin the race from P8 after a strong run throughout Saturday’s dash, and he stated afterwards that he’s concentrating on a prime 5 end within the race.


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