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F1 China 2013: Penalties for Webber and Gutierrez

Meanwhile Sauber's Esteban Gutiérrez has been handed the slightly higher penalty of a five-spot grid penalty for the next race, after ploughing into the back of Adrian Sutil's Force India at high speed into the turn 14 hairpin on lap 6.

"It was definitely a mistake," admitted the Mexican, expending his apologies to Sutil for ending both of their races early. "I didn't consider the amount of speed I had on the straight and I lost a lot of downforce into that corner and tried to my best to stop the car.

"I should have considered a little bit more distance to brake as I approached the corner and the car in front quicker than I expected," he added. "I had nowhere to go."

The official notice from the race stewards, which in for the 2013 China GP included Mark Blundell, noted that Gutiérrez had "admitted he had misjudged his closing speed."

"I guess Gutierrez missed his braking point and had nowhere to go but into the back of my car," said Sutil. My rear wing was broken and there was no option but to stop."

The race stewards then went on to investigate a series of incidents in which eight drivers appeared to use DRS while there were yellow flags being shown out in the circuit.

Among the drivers who were waiting to hear if their race classifications might be affected are Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Riccardo, Jenson Button, Romain Grosjean and Max Chilton.

However, the stewards deemed no further penalties were applicable, although Red Bull was fined for the unsafe release of Webber's car from the pit lane with a wheel insecurely attached. (See separate story.)



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13.04.2013- Qualifying, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C32
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12.04.2013- Free Practice 2, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C32
13.04.2013- Free Practice 3, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
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Martin - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 12:34 PM

The wheel falling off wasn't a consequence of the contact, which was purely on the front of the car, it was a mistake in replacing the tyres on the pitstop and so not Webber's fault at all

WylieCoyote

April 14, 2013 1:10 PM

If there was such thing as karma Vettel would have had an elephant land on him from a great height for his antics the race before. They had 11 seconds in which to ensure the tyre change was done correctly. If the can get it right in the 2.5 second stops you have to question how they stuffed it up with 11 seconds to do it.



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