Gutierrez handed 10 place grid penalty for impeding Maldonado

Esteban Gutierrez after qualifying

Esteban Gutierrez after qualifying

Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez was hit with a 10 place grid penalty for the US Formula 1 Grand Prix after impeding Williams driver Pastor Maldonado during qualifying on Saturday.

The Mexican, who had qualified 10th for Sunday’s race, will now start 20th after stewards ruled he had “unnecessarily impeded” the Venezuelan just minutes into the session at the Circuit of the Americas.

The stewards also said in a statement that the rookie had performed manoeuvres which they considered to be dangerous.

Marussia’s Max Chilton was handed a drive-through penalty for impeding in the same session and must serve it during the first five laps of Sunday’s race, the penultimate round of the season.

The Briton had qualified in last place but Caterham’s Charles Pic, who was one place above, was handed a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change on Friday. (Reuters)

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  • ZombieJebus

    @ Chilton’s penalty, it says right on the official F1 site:

    Drive-through penalty

    One of two penalties that can be handed out at the discretion of the Stewards whilst the race is still running. Drivers must enter the pit lane, drive through it complying with the speed limit, and re-join the race without stopping.

  • ZombieJebus

    @ Chilton’s penalty, it says right on the official F1 site:

    Drive-through penalty

    One of two penalties that can be handed out at the discretion of the Stewards whilst the race is still running. Drivers must enter the pit lane, drive through it complying with the speed limit, and re-join the race without stopping.