Following today’s Free Practice in Melbourne, Nikola Tsolov has been handed a three-place grid penalty.

The ART Grand Prix driver collided with Alex Dunne on the run down to Turn 10, with the MP Motorsport racer ending up in the barriers near the end of the session, resulting in a Red Flag and bringing an early end to Practice.

After examining video evidence and listening to both drivers and Team Representatives, the Stewards determined that the actions of Tsolov, while unintended, caused a collision that was completely avoidable and therefore imposed a grid drop in accordance with previous precedent.

Dunne has also been reprimanded for his part in the incident by the Stewards after it was adjudged that he unnecessarily impeded Tsolov and potentially may have affected his lap.

Tsolov will serve the penalty in the next race in which he competes