Gutierrez handed grid penalty; Vettel avoids punishment for collision
Esteban Gutierrez has been handed a 10-place grid penalty for the British Grand Prix after an unsafe release during Sunday’s race.
The Mexican was penalised after he pulled away from his stop with just three wheels safely attached, coming to a halt in the pit lane itself before being recovered by his Sauber mechanics.
As a part of the penalty, which is the same as that given to Daniel Ricciardo after his unsafe release in the Malaysian Grand Prix, Gutierrez was forced to serve a stop/go penalty during the race, on top of the ten-place grid drop that will come into effect following qualifying in Silverstone.
Sebastian Vettel, who made contact with the Mexican in his efforts to recover from an early engine problem during the race, breaking the front wing of his Red Bull, escaped punishment for the incident.
This follows a request from the F1 Commission to the FIA last week, that asked for the race stewards to be more lenient when considering handing out penalties for collisions where no clear blame can be outlined.
Image courtesy of Sauber Motorsport AG
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