Ghiotto penalised, Fuoco inherits victory
2 September 2017 – Prema's Antonio Fuoco has been promoted to victory, his first in Formula 2, after initial Monza winner Luca Ghiotto was handed a post-race time penalty.
Ghiotto triumphed in a crazy Feature Race, which was delayed by two-and-a-half hours after heavy rain caused disruption to the schedule, and finished in fading light.
Ghiotto, from 11th on the grid, had prevailed after a battle with long-time race leaders Nyck de Vries and Charles Leclerc, having used a late Safety Car period to draw closer to the pair.
However, on the final lap, the Italian went wide at the Rettifilo chicane while battling for the lead with de Vries, and emerged from the complex at the head of the pack.
Ghiotto did not then have the chance to hand back the position as de Vries made contact with Leclerc exiting the chicane, sending Leclerc into the barriers and giving himself a puncture.
Ghiotto went on to complete the remainder of the lap at the front of the field and registered victory, his first of the campaign, with Fuoco following in second.
Stewards investigated Ghiotto's chicane cut and ultimately handed him a five-second time sanction, having deemed that he gained an advantage from the move.
The sanction demotes him to fourth place, and elevates Fuoco to the top step of the podium, for his first win in the championship.
Ghiotto has also been stripped of the points that he earned for the fastest lap, having set the best time of the race via cutting the chicane.
Nobuharu Matsushita thus moves into second position, with Nicholas Latifi, who gains the fastest lap points, in third.
Elsewhere, Alexander Albon was handed a 10-second time penalty after he being judged to have caused a collision with Norman Nato on the final lap.
Albon, who crossed the line in fifth spot, is now classified in 14th position, promoting Sean Gelael to fifth, ahead of Sérgio Sette Câmara, Louis Delétraz and Gustav Malja, who now takes pole for the Sprint Race.
De Vries was also deemed culpable for causing contact with Leclerc and handed a drive-through penalty, which has been converted into a 20-second time demotion.
De Vries finished 18th, having sustained a puncture, meaning this does not affect his result.