Marussia driver Jules Bianchi has been penalised and reprimanded after impeding Paul di Resta during qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.
Bianchi appeared to hold up di Resta through the final corner during the first segment of qualifying, with the Force India driver informing his team that the incident was “unbelievable.”
Di Resta progressed through to Q2, eventually qualifying in 15th place.
Bianchi, who qualified in 21st place, will drop to 22nd as a result of a three place penalty.
‘The driver of car 22 (on an out lap) was given a radio warning of the approach of car 14 (on a fast lap) but decided to stay on line to start his own flying lap,’ read the stewards report. ‘The Stewards consider that car 22 could have safely allowed car 14 to pass before starting his flying lap.’
Alongside the grid penalty, Bianchi was handed a reprimand, his second of the season.
Bianchi’s first reprimand came during qualifying for the British Grand Prix, when he failed to stop for the weighbridge.
Despite progressing through to Q2, di Resta reckons that the incident cost him a little bit of time in the next session.
“He affected my lap and unfortunately I think it cost me a little in Q2 as I didn’t have the confidence to put the front wing on that I needed to based on the insight I had with the car before hand,” he said.