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Perez penalty upheld in Austria

New investigation into Sergio Perez-Felipe Massa clash in Canada maintains Perez was at fault
The FIA has ruled that Sergio Perez will lose five-places on the grid this weekend in Austria after re-examining the incident that occurred between the Mexican and Felipe Massa at the end of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Perez's team, Force India, requested a review after what it has described as the emergence of 'new elements'.

The original stewards' decision in Montreal was reached despite neither driver being present as they were being checked over in hospital. Both attended the new hearing, but the stewards opted to merely rubber stamp the verdict reached earlier this month.

“The driver of Car 11 [Perez] contended that the new elements(s) evidenced that in defending his position he was exercising his right, under Article 20.4 of the 2014 Formula One Sporting Regulations, to use the whole track,” the stewards explained.

“However, it was clear to the Stewards that the defence of his position occurred in the braking area.

“Article 20.4 specifically states that any right to defend by using the whole track must occur prior to any braking area.

“Accordingly the driver of Car 11 was not entitled to defend his position in the manner he did.”


Tagged as: Felipe Massa , Perez

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