James Calado's title hopes are over after being handed a five-place grid penalty
ART driver forced Tom Dillmann off the track during GP2 practice
By William Esler. Last Updated: 01/11/13 11:24am
GP2 Abu Dhabi Practice highlights
James Calado's slim GP2 title hopes are over after the ART driver was handed a five-place grid penalty for forcing Tom Dillmann off the track during practice.
The Brit needed to take the four points for pole position, win both races and secure the fastest lap points to have any chance of taking the Drivers' Championship.
Those hopes are now over, however, after the 24-year-old was penalised for his actions during GP2 practice. Calado felt he had been held up by Dillmann and gesticulated to him from the cockpit when he passed the RUSSIAN TIME driver. He then proceeded to slow in the middle of the chicane to allow Dillmann to pull alongside and forced him off the track.
Clearing the air: bonus points are for pole positions, not fastest lap. So if @JamesCalado goes quickest in qualy, bonus points won't be his- GP2 Series Official (@GP2_Official) November 1, 2013
With Calado out of the running, it leaves Fabio Leimer, Sam Bird, Felipe Nasr and Stefano Coletti in the title hunt, although the Rapax driver will also be ruled out if he fails to take pole position.
GP2 Drivers' Championship
1) Fabio Leimer - 179
2) Sam Bird - 172
3) Felipe Nasr - 148
4) Stefano Coletti - 135
5) James Calado - 134