"We had a really strong package in the race, but unfortunately, we got a drive-through penalty for a technical infringement at the start," said Nyck after the race. "I subsequently made a very strong recovery and my pace was really good. I think that we could quite easily have finished on the podium in normal circumstances, so it's a shame. Still, the positives outweigh the negatives."
The reason for Nyck's penalty was that he had regenerated too much energy under braking and had exceeded the permitted limit. "It was clearly not his fault and it cost him a well-deserved finish far higher up the ranks today," said Ian James. "The reason for this seems to have been a problem with the engine management software, but we need to investigate further to understand exactly what happened."
In point of fact, the team had not changed anything between free practice and the race. However, the problem was immediately investigated after the race and a solution found.
"We did the right thing to let him take the penalty immediately after we were informed," added Ian. Nyck lost 18 seconds due to the penalty. "The gap of 20 seconds in the end ultimately showed his otherwise great pace today and that was the reason why we decided to let him pass Stoffel. He eventually made his way up to P11."