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F1 Belgian GP: Gutierrez under fire again after Wehrlein incident

Esteban Gutierrez receives five-place grid penalty for a 'blocking' incident during third free practice, this time involving Pascal Wehrlein.
Esteban Gutierrez will take a five-place grid penalty coming into qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix after he was involved in another controversial 'blocking' incident during third practice at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Mexican received criticism from Lewis Hamilton and then Daniel Ricciardo for his conduct when being lapped during the Hungarian Grand Prix and the German Grand Prix respectively, though the Haas driver insisted his actions weren't intentional.

However, Gutierrez ran into yet more controversy in FP3 at Spa after being caught by a full speed Pascal Wehrlein while touring on the racing line at the top of Eau Rouge, forcing the Manor driver to the grass at Radillon as they entered the Kemmel Straight.

The near miss prompted the German to lash out at Gutierrez on the team radio, and the FIA quickly confirmed that the incident was under investigation.

It took a while before the five-place penalty was handed down, along with the addition of three points on Gutierrez's licence, but the Mexican joins Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Marcus Ericsson (all mechanically-related) in taking penalties before qualifying.

Meanwhile, a similar incident between Kevin Magnussen and Sebastian Vettel was also put under investigation after the Renault slowed ahead of his fast lap, impeding the former champion - who promptly made his feelings known...

On this occasion, however, the stewards decided that there was no case to answer, allowing K-Mag to take up his earned grid slot.

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August 27, 2016 11:13 AM

After two mediocre years at Sauber it amazes me that Ferrari secured the Haas seat for Gutierrez. He completely blocked Wehrlein at the most dangerous part of the circuit, dangerous, F1 does not need drivers like this.


August 27, 2016 2:52 PM
Last Edited 162 days ago

I guess Ferrari now knows the answer on whether Gutierrez is worth keeping around for next year. How many has he balked and blocked during practice and racing this year now? I'm pretty sure that Haas will have an open seat at the end of the year for a quality driver.

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