Umpteenth and last twist in the case of the disqualification of Jüri Vips (Hitech) after qualifying. As a reminder, the marshals determined on Friday evening that the fins located under the diffuser of the car n ° 8 driven by the Estonian did not comply with article 4.3.13 of the 2021 technical regulations of Formula 2.
The article provides for a tolerance of plus or minus 5 mm, but the deviation was 6.5 mm below the reference values. As a direct consequence, the Frenchman Théo Pourchaire (ART Grand Prix) gained a place (10th) in qualifying, which allowed him to obtain pole position thanks to the reverse grid rule.
Behind, Hitech Grand Prix appealed against the stewards’ decision, allowing Vips to regain its initial place on the grid. Théo Pourchaire, for his part, recovered his original 11th place, and was therefore finally deprived of pole position for the sprint race n ° 1. Except that the British team decided this Saturday morning to withdraw its appeal. The disqualification of Jüri Vips is therefore confirmed. The Estonian will therefore start at the back of the grid for races 1 and 3. As for Théo Pourchaire, he definitely recovers pole position for Race 1 (Saturday, 11:25 am CET).