Cem Bolukbasi had F2 fans scratching their heads after finishing five laps behind the eventual winner in Saturday's Austrian Grand Prix sprint race.
Bolukbasi lined up 13th on the grid for the contest and looked to be in a good position to score some points. But his race fell apart when he was forced dive into the pits with a break issue. That appeared to be the end of his afternoon, only for him to remerge from the pits and rejoin the race five laps later.
The decision to send the Turkish star back out onto the track confused F1 fans who struggled to work out exactly what the point was.
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"This race is soooo boring wtf Bolukbasi your like 5 laps down mate can you just pull over and cause a SC," wrote one. As another said: "Bolukbasi 6 minutes behind damn i wonder if he can make that time up."
A third user added: "Bro Liam Lawson out and Cem Bolukbasi with the +5 lap gap??? what even is this sprint race." While someone else laid into Bolukbasi, saying: "Bolukbasi shouldn't be in F2."
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Despite his team's best efforts, the Charouz Racing System driver couldn't make a dent into those on the lead lap and eventually finished five laps down on the field.
After the race, Bolukbasi addressed the issue that disrupted his race, tweeting: "A brake issue on the second lap meant we had to pit for repairs. We managed to get back out after fixing it and had great pace … but a shame."
Australian Marcus Armstrong took the chequered flag ahead of Theo Pourchaire, who is currently second in the F1 drivers' standings. Jack Doohan completed the podium spots, with championship leader Felipe Drugovich back in fourth.
"Good to be back in the press conference room with Tom (Clarkson) and all the rest of them," Armstrong gushed afterwards. "It was a good race. It was stressful towards the end because I’m not really certain on the track limit rules, so I was just praying that I didn’t run off or do anything silly and just bring it home. It’s good to get it in the pocket."
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