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Perez joins German penalty club

Sergio Perez picks up a five place grid penalty at Hockenheim for impeding in Q2
Sergio Perez has joined the list of drivers to be handed a penalty for the German Grand Prix after stewards deemed him to have blocked both Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying.

Raikkonen had complained to his team about the Mexican in Q2, with stewards looking into that complaint after the session as well as one from Ferrari in relation to Alonso, who went on to secure pole.

Having looked at the evidence, stewards hit Perez with a five place penalty that will drop him from twelfth on the grid to 17th.

Speaking before the penalty was applied, the Mexican admitted he was disappointed not to have made it through to the final stage of qualifying having earlier been third quickest in final practice.

“It is such a shame,” he said. “It looked really promising for us until the rain set in. After I changed to soft tyres I ended up second fastest in Q1. Then we went out late on intermediates in Q2 and I was stuck in traffic. I had cars in front of me, but could not back off as there were some behind me as well.”

Team-mate Kamui Kobayashi will now start from twelfth in Perez's place having qualified just behind his Sauber partner on the grid.

“It is a pity because I'm sure in dry conditions we would easily have been in Q3, as we had a very good pace,” he said. “I even refrained from using soft tyres, and the lap I did on the medium compound was good enough for Q2. But then in the wet we didn't make it. In dry conditions my car is really good. In the wet it is a lot better than it was on Friday when I struggled badly. We found something wrong and did some changes, but it is still not completely right.”




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