Perez slapped with three-place grid penalty for Spanish GP

Perez slapped with three-place grid penalty for Spanish GP

Perez slapped with three-place grid penalty for Spanish GP

Sergio Perez will have a three-place grid penalty at the next Formula 1 race in Spain after the Mexican drove his Red Bull in an unsafe condition at Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Champions Red Bull Racing were also fined 25,000 euros ($26,935) for the incident.

Perez retired in the pits after driving around the track with a broken rear wing, shedding carbon fibre debris, on his car following a crash into the barriers at turn six.

Article 26.10 of the sporting regulations says that “if a driver has serious mechanical difficulties, he must leave the track as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Stewards said in a statement that Red Bull had confirmed at the hearing that Perez had been advised to bring the car back to the pits to avoid a potential safety car situation if he stopped on track.

The stewards said a sporting penalty was needed in addition to the financial one due to the safety implications.

Perez has retired from his last two races while triple F1 World Champion teammate Max Verstappen, Sunday’s race winner, has six victories from nine so far.

Perez: Hopefully we can be back to our form in Spain

It was another troubled weekend for Perez who was knocked out of qualifying from Q1, he commented on his race: “I have lost a lot of momentum recently and I will be working hard in the next couple of weeks to get back to form.

“I picked up some damage to my front wing on the first lap when Gasly and I touched, which compromised my first stint and lost us some momentum. There was only one dry line for most of the race and it was so difficult to pass at times. Later the dry line started to open up and as it did my inters were a little bit too used, then when I went onto the new inter and changed front wing I had good pace but it was still tricky to get by,” he explained.

As for his race-ending crash, he said: “The incident was on me, I touched the wet part into turn six and I couldn’t stop the car, I couldn’t touch the brakes.

“It has been a very tough couple of weekends, we will regroup, keep our heads down and learn from the weekend. We identified a couple of issues after qualifying and they meant we would have qualified a lot higher.

“Hopefully we can be back to our form in Spain and get back to the level we were at earlier in the season. I am confident in that, there are good tracks coming for us,” Perez concluded. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Additional reporting by Grand Prix247)