May 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT
Today’s GP2 feature race at the Circuit de Monaco got off to a chaotic start as a 14-car pileup ensued in the first corner just after the start of the race. Pole sitter Johnny Cecotto was blamed for the incident and has been kept out of the remainder of the GP2 weekend in Monaco.
Cecotto got off to a poor start from the lights and then broke too late at Turn 1, taking himself and Fabio Leimer into the tire barriers. With Leimer coming over the top of Cecotto, a series of crashes occurred behind them at St. Devote, which was subsequently clogged up with cars as the red flag came out. Nine of the cars were unable to restart.
Among the cars involved was that of eventual race winner Sam Bird, who was tagged by Kevin Ciccon and needed to replace his rear wing as a result.
This is not the first time Cecotto’s driving has drawn criticism. At the GP2 round in Malaysia, he was disqualified from qualifying when he ran Bird off the road. He also dodged a penalty in Spain after going across Sergio Canamasas when they were battling for fifth position in the sprint race.
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