Sven Muller has been given a five-place grid penalty for the next round of the F3 Euro Series at Valencia for causing a collision with Raffaele Marciello at Zandvoort’s third and final race on Sunday.

Polesitter Muller led the field around the opening two laps, which were run behind the safety car on a damp circuit.

Muller hung well back behind the safety car at the end of the second lap in order to get the best start possible when it came into the pits.

But he misjudged his gap and, fearful of passing the safety car before it was in the pits and incurring a penalty, stood hard on the brakes on the start/finish straight.

Fellow Prema Powerteam driver Marciello, who was following closely behind Muller and shaping up for a passing move into the first corner, was not expecting the German to brake and slammed into the back of him.

The accident put Muller into the barrier and brought out a second safety car.

After reviewing video evidence, the race stewards judged Muller responsible for ‘causing an avoidable accident’ and handed him the penalty, which will be imposed at Valencia’s opening race in September.


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