June 13, 2021

Six penalty points for one crash puts Turvey halfway towards ban

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In the round-up: Formula E driver Oliver Turvey was given six penalty points for a single incident during practice yesterday.

In brief

Turvey halfway to ban after Rome shunt

The stewards came down hard on Turvey over the pile-up he triggered at the end of the first practice session for the Rome EPrix. The NIO driver crashed into Jean-Eric Vergne and Jake Dennis at the end of first practice, causing significant damage to all three cars.

Vergne, Dennis and others had been stopped in a queue of cars, preparing to perform practice starts. Turvey arrived on the scene at speed and slammed into the back of Vergne’s car, then hit Dennis. All three escaped without injury.

The stewards found Turvey guilty of “causing a collision dangerously”. The NIO driver, who had a clean licence before the weekend started, was given enough penalty points to move him halfway towards a one-race ban.

The stewards said Turvey was “fully aware” of the practice start procedures but forgot them due to “a combination of circumstances”.

“After watching the footage, hearing the radio communication between team and driver, taking into account that these massive accident was based on a human mistake, the stewards consider that the taken penalty is appropriate for this case,” they noted.

FIA stewards rarely issue more than three penalty points for a single incident. In 2019 Nikita Mazepin was given four penalty points for his role in a multi-car crash at the start of a Formula 2 race in Sochi.

In addition to his penalty points, Turvey was also required to start yesterday’s Formula E race from the pit lane. The second race takes place today.

Newgarden on top as first Indianapolis 500 test closes

Two-times IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden, who is seeking his first Indianapolis 500 victory, was quickest at the end of the first test for this year’s race, averaging 365.03kph in his Penske. Last year’s winner Takuma Sato was second ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya.

The new IndyCar season begins next week on the Barber Motorsport Park road course in Alabama.

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