Giedo van der Garde, Caterham, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013

Van der Garde penalised for Hulkenberg clash

2013 Canadian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Giedo van der Garde, Caterham, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013Giedo van der Garde has been handed a five-place grid position penalty for the British Grand Prix.

He received the penalty following his collision with Nico Hulkenberg which ended both of their races.

The stewards ruled Van der Garde had been too slow to respond to blue flags instructing him to let the Sauber past. Van der Garde was shown blue flags for a full lap and Hulkenberg had to use his DRS and KERS to get alongside the Caterham at the final corner.

The pair then collided, damaging Van der Garde’s front wing and Hulkenberg’s suspension. Both retired.

“It?s disappointing to finish a race like this,” said Hulkenberg. “Lapping can be troublesome, but these guys are racing too and have things happenings in the race, the same as us.”

“I lapped Giedo van der Garde and braked. At first I didn?t feel anything until I came out of the corner and realised the car wasn?t going straight, so we decided to stop.”

It is the second penalty Van der Garde received for his driving in the race. He served a ten-second stop-go penalty following a collision with Mark Webber which broke the Red Bull’s front wing. Van der Garde apologised to Webber on Twitter afterwards.

Caterham were separately fined ??2,000 (??1,700) after a team member crossed the pit lane during the race while Daniel Ricciardo was entering the pits. “Although the arriving car was not impeded there was the potential for the team member to be injured,” ruled the stewards.

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