Stoffel Vandoorne will be moved back five places on the grid for the Monaco Formula Renault 3.5 race on Sunday after an incident in this morning’s practice session.
Vandoorne was quickest in practice but spun into Zoel Amberg’s car at Sainte Devote while the corner was supposed to be under yellow flags. Amberg was stationary having narrowly missed Mathias Laine who had just crashed at the corner.
The incident recalls Pastor Maldonado’s crash in the same category at Monaco in 2005, when his car struck and injured a marshal. His licence was suspended and he was banned for a total of nine races. But a ban on him racing at the track again was later lifted.
I’m curios to see what sort of reaction this attracts. I have long felt that a lot of the venom directed towards Maldonado stems from the way he entered Formula 1 – once a pay driver, always a pay driver and all that. But Vandoorne is geninely talented, and while he didn’t injure a marshal or get banned for his efforts, there are enough parallels here that comparisons will inevitably be made.