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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
22.03.2013 - free practice 2, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C32
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
12.04.2013- Free Practice 1, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
12.04.2013- Free Practice 1, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
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24.05.2015- Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10 crash after a contact with Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23 in St. Devote corner
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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

Terminator - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 3:19 PM

This collision between Webber and JEV really does make it obvious that RBR probably have asked the Toro Rosso drivers to make way for their drivers if required during a race. I have seen Webber race for years, and I don't remember seeing him make such a silly move down the inside of a car in front. The reason why the made the move was because he thought JEV would make way for him. Obviously JEV did not want to make way for him at that corner because he would have lost time as Webber was not that close, so he probably wanted to let Webber through on the long back straight. Something needs to be done about this, it is not fair that one team has practically 4 drivers whereas other teams have only 2.



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