Cecotto Jr. suspended from Sprint Race
24 May 2013 – Arden driver Johnny Cecotto Jr. has been suspended from Saturday afternoon's GP2 Sprint Race in Monte-Carlo, with stewards deeming the Venezuelan responsible for causing the mammoth 14-car pile-up at the first corner of the Feature race on Friday.
Having started from pole position, Cecotto Jr. instantly lost the lead to team-mate Mitch Evans amid intense wheelspin. Attemping to recover lost ground into Sainte Devote, the 23-year-old locked up and hit the barriers, taking Fabio Leimer with him.
A total of 12 other drivers were involved in the incident, bringing out the red flags for around forty minutes. One of those was Britain's Jolyon Palmer, who later vented his frustration on Twitter, explaining: "Taken out at the first corner by a number of idiots. Absolutely gutted. I'd sooner start from the pit lane than within two rows of Cecotto."
Nine drivers were unable to make the restart as a result of the various collisions.