ART Grand Prix’s Nirei Fukuzumi has been given a three-place grid penalty for the next GP3 feature race in Malaysia after a collision during the sprint race in Monza.

Fukuzumi started the sprint race in fourth place, with his teammate Charles Leclerc alongside him at the front of the third row with the two drivers close on track after the start.

Both drivers had been demoted to fifth and sixth after Arden International’s Jake Dennis got past them on the third lap.

Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.

Just after Dennis had passed the pair, the Japanese driver collided with teammate Leclerc, resulting in both drivers having to retire from the race. Arden’s Tatiana Calderon, who was in the top eight, was also affected by the incident and finished outside of the points.

After the race, the stewards believed that Fukuzumi did not leave enough of a gap for Leclerc to be alongside him. This means that Fukuzumi will start from at least fourth on the grid for the next feature race, however, he is yet to qualify in the top three for a feature race in 2016.

The series returns for the first race in Sepang in four weeks time for the penultimate round of the 2016 season.

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