Zhou Guanyu has been ordered to start the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix from the pit lane after his Alfa Romeo team was found to have broken parc ferme rules.
The car was required to be covered and fitted with FIA seals within two hours of the sprint race ending, which did not happen.
The team also continued to work on Zhou’s car without FIA supervision, another breach of the rules. The stewards noted “the competitor admitted that modifications were made to the car” during that time.
“In any event, given the lack of supervision the stewards would have been entitled to draw an inference that modifications were made to the car and/or changes were made to the set-up of the suspension while the car was to have been held under parc ferme conditions,” they added.
“The penalty for breach of the parc ferme conditions is specified in Article 40.9 b), which is for the driver to start from the pit lane. We accordingly imposed the penalty stipulated in Article 40.9 b).”
Zhou was previously due to start the grand prix from last place following his sprint race retirement.
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2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix
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