Matsushita banned from Austrian GP2 round

Matsushita banned from Austrian GP2 round

19 June 2016 – GP2 Series stewards have banned ART Grand Prix driver Nobuharu Matsushita from the next round of the championship in Austria due to dangerous driving.

Matsushita led the Sprint Race at the Baku City Circuit but was twice deemed to have driven erratically when the call was given to restart the race, following stints behind the Safety Car.

Matsushita's actions caused several drivers to collide, before he was ultimately taken out of the race by Raffaele Marciello.

"At the end of the first period, it was found that the Japanese driver overtook the Safety Car before the Safety Car line and drove in an erratic manner, causing danger to other competitors," read a statement issued by organisers.

"At the end of the second period, Matsushita was found guilty of driving in an erratic manner, accelerating and braking, again causing danger to other competitors and causing several collisions to cars following him.

"As a consequence, the ART Grand Prix driver will be suspended for the next round at Spielberg."

ART will be permitted to field a replacement driver for Matsushita.

Stewards have also handed Arden's Jimmy Eriksson a three-place grid penalty for the Austrian Feature Race after he was deemed to have caused a collision with Jordan King.

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