Zamparelli suspended after crash
8 September 2013 – Dino Zamparelli has been suspended from the second Monza GP3 race after causing a major collision with Marussia team-mate Tio Ellinas in Saturday's opening event.
Having qualified 11th, a fast-starting Zamparelli ran over the grass on the approach to the first chicane, running into the side of Ellinas and littering debris over the circuit. Carlos Sainz Jr., Conor Daly and Robert Visoiu were also involved in the incident.
Race officials viewed the Briton's actions as "a serious breach of the regulations which had the potential to cause injury to others. Stewards had evidence Zamparelli had left the track deliberately and re-joined the track, colliding with another three cars."
Zamparelli has since apologised for the clash on social networking site Twitter.
"I'm very sorry for what happened today," he said. "We make split decisions, I made mine – I tried with all my might to get the thing slowed down. But it wasn't enough. I'm sorry to my whole team, team-mate, Daly, Visoui and anyone else's race I ended."
He went on to explain: "It's never the way I've driven and won't be again. A costly mistake but one I will learn from and that's the way racing goes sometimes."
Luís Sá Silva was also penalised, picking up a five-place grid penalty for colliding with Ryan Cullen. The Carlin driver is demoted to 26th position for the start of race two.
The dramatic first corner collision at Monza can be viewed at GPUpdateTV