Audi’s Mattias Ekström has been sanctioned for the incident in race one at Moscow Raceway in race one, where he collided with BMW’s Timo Glock on lap 11.
Both drivers retired as a result of Ekström’s passing attempt, which saw both hit the barriers, bringing out the final Safety Car period of the fourty minute race.
The stewards felt that the two-time champion was responsible for causing an avoidable accident, with Ekström now being handed a three-place grid penalty for race 2.
“Timo was starting to have problems and getting slower,” he said, as the pair were battling for fourth place after the second restart. “I was already running side by side with him and didn’t expect him not to leave me any room. But apparently the going is now getting tougher in this stage of the championship.”
Glock, himself, took to social media to vent his frustration, having been in contention for a potential points finish in race 1.
@mattiasekstroem watch the race from Wehrlein and learn you Idiot! How stupid you need to be to overtake in that corner!
— Timo Glock (@realTimoGlock) August 29, 2015
As a result of the incident, Ekström is second, eight points behind race one winner Wehrlein, with fellow Audi stable mate Edoardo Mortara a further five points adrift.