Bianchi penalised for di Resta block
5 October 2013 – Jules Bianchi has been penalised and reprimanded by the Korean GP stewards after the panel deemed that the Frenchman blocked Paul di Resta during qualifying.
Di Resta voiced his anger over the radio after following Bianchi's Marussia through the last sector of his final Q1 attempt. Despite this, the Force India driver progressed to the second phase, but the stewards later chose to hand out a punishment.
"The driver of car #22 [Bianchi] (on an out-lap) was given a radio warning of the approach of car #14 [di Resta] (on a fast lap) but decided to stay on line to start his own flying lap," read a statement issued by the stewards. "The stewards consider that car #22 could have safely allowed car #14 to pass before starting his flying lap."
Bianchi now drops behind team-mate Max Chilton to the back of the starting grid.