FIA confirm Perez responsible for shunt with Massa

Sergio Perez after his shunt in Montreal

Sergio Perez after his shunt in Montreal

Stewards at the Austrian Grand Prix have upheld the five-place grid penalty given to Sergio Perez following his last lap collision with Felipe Massa in the Canadian Grand Prix.

At Red Bull Ring both drivers spoke to the FIA for the first time since their high speed crash, after which both Perez and Massa underwent medical checks immediately after the incident in Montreal.

After hearing both side the stewards confirmed that the Mexican was indeed to blame.

Explanations from Perez and Massa were heard as part of the new evidence which included telemetry provided by Force India which prompted the governing body re-open the case.

After the hearing the FIA announced: “Having considered the new elements including hearing from team representatives and both drivers, and having viewed all available video evidence and examined both teams’ and the FIA’s telemetry, the Stewards decide that the original decision as handed down in Document 44 of the Canadian Grand Prix shall stand”. (GP247)