Perez handed five-place grid penalty for Austria

Perez handed five-place grid penalty for Austria

Sergio Perez has been handed a five-place grid penalty for his part in the accident that ended both his and Felipe Massa’s Canadian Grand Prix.

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Perez, running fourth late in the race, was hit by Massa’s Williams on the entry to turn one on the final lap of the grand prix, leading to a heavy accident that eliminated both drivers on the spot.

The FIA stewards have deemed the Mexican to be at fault for the collision, which saw both drivers sent to a local hospital for precautionary checks before being discharged.

After the examination of video evidence and hearing from representatives of both Williams and Force India, the FIA race stewards found Perez to have changed his racing line on the entry to turn one, putting him at fault for the collision.

As a result, Perez will incur a five-place grid penalty for the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix, which is due to take place in two weeks time at the Red Bull Ring.

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Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.