Sergio Perez faces starting from the very back of the grid in Brazil next weekend after being handed a stiff penalty by the USGP stewards.

The Mexican was involved in a first-lap collision that ended not only his own race but also that of Sauber rival Adrian Sutil, and reduced an already slimmed-down F1 field to just 16 cars.

Grim-faced after a trip to the stewards, it quickly became apparent why Perez looked aggrieved, as the official FIA notice confirmed that his qualifying effort at Interlagos would be nullified by the addition of seven places by the time the race starts.

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The notification alleged that Perez 'could not reasonably have expected to complete the manoeuvre' into turn 16 and that 'his collision with car 99 was reckless'. Indeed, Perez also made contact with the back of Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari before bouncing off that into the path of the hapless Sutil who has yet to complete a racing lap at the Circuit of the Americas....

"What happened today is really unfortunate," Perez said after the race, "I made a move on Adrian at turn 15 when he left the door open. I went up the inside, then Adrian started to close the door and I had to try and brake later than him. By doing so, I was unable to avoid contact with Kimi, which caused me to make contact with Adrian also. I just didn't expect Kimi to be in that position.

"It's a big shame because I had a great chance to keep up my run of points finishes and I was determined to do well in such an important race. I feel very sorry for all my fans who came to support me this weekend and I'm disappointed I could not give them a race to remember."