In short: Cem Bolukbasi’s father has had his credentials withdrawn for the Silverstone round, following a “fight” with Roy Nissany’s team.
Bolukbasi fined after father’s altercation with DAMS team
Formula 2 driver and former F1 Esports competitor Cem Bolukbasi has been fined €5,000 (£4,268) and his father, Yavuz Bolukbasi, has been ejected from the paddock for one round following a “minor fight” that took place after the race main Sunday in Baku.
Bolukbasi retired from the race after a collision with DAMS driver Roy Nissany. Later, Bolukbasi’s father confronted Nissany in his team’s garage. The situation turned into a physical fight, which the stewards took a dim view of.
“After an incident on the track between cars 16 (Nissan) and 23 (Bolukbasi), the father of the driver of car 23, Mr. Yavuz Bolukbasi, together with the manager of the driver went to the DAMS paddock tent” , explained the commissioners.
“Mr Bolukbasi admitted that he lost his temper when he thought the driver of car 16 made a derogatory comment about his son. In the DAMS tent, Mr. Bolukbasi provoked a heated verbal exchange with the driver of car 16. As the verbal exchange escalated, Roy Nissany’s trainer became involved and there was some shoving and physical contact between the father and son. coach (Francesco). No blows were exchanged and the unwelcome guests were removed from the area.
“At no time will physical violence, or the threat thereof, be tolerated. In accordance with the ISC art. 9.15.1 Competitors are responsible for all acts of persons to whom they have given access to the reserved areas. The threat of violence and the actual minor fight that took place initiated by Mr. Bolukbasi are found to constitute a violation of ISC 12.2.1(c).
Consequently, the driver is fined and the offender is sanctioned.
Vibration ride removal
Lance Stroll’s retirement from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was caused by an unidentified vibration, he said after the race.
“It’s a shame we had to retire the car,” Stroll said. “The engineers could see that the car was suffering from a vibration problem, so they asked me to take the car back. We’re still not quite sure what the problem was, so we’ll have to work over the next week to investigate and fix things.”
Sebastian Vettel recorded the team’s best result of the season so far with sixth place. “Sebastian showed that our car has the pace so hopefully we can come back stronger for my home race in Canada next week,” added Stroll.
Toyota achieves its fifth consecutive victory at Le Mans
Former Toro Rosso drivers Brendon Hartley and Sebastien Buemi shared victory at Le Mans for Toyota with Super Formula driver Ryo Hirakawa, a newcomer to the team. The number eight Toyota hypercar finished more than two minutes ahead of the team’s sister car. It is Buemi’s fourth victory at Le Mans and the third for Hartley.
All five hypercar entries finished the race, with the Glickenhaus entries taking third and fourth place, respectively, five and ten laps behind the leading Toyota.
Buemi’s fellow Formula E champion Antonio Félix da Costa and former Marussia driver Will Stevens took LMP2 honors with teammate Roberto González. They battled for much of the race with former Williams driver and Alfa Romeo stand-in Robert Kubica and former Formula 2 driver and Haas stand-in Louis Deletraz, who came second in class along with his amateur teammate Lorenzo Colombo. .
Vips ‘really pushing’ before race-losing crash: Hauger
Formula 2 feature race winner Dennis Hauger suspects the pressure he was applying to fellow Red Bull junior Jüri Vips caused his crash while leading yesterday’s race.
“I really tried to keep some pressure on Jüri and on the lap he crashed I put a purple sector one on it,” said Hauger after the race. “I really wanted to take the step to be right behind him before the straight, but then maybe he got stressed or something.”
“I was really pushing so obviously with the small margins that can happen. I’m happy we kept it clean and in the end we got our first win in a feature race.”
Vips apologized for their mistake in a social media post. “I feel sorry for my team and everyone who supports me,” he said. “In bad shape, shouldn’t happen.”