Pérez punished by the commissioners

Pérez punished by the commissioners

Author of the third fastest time during the qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix, Sergio Pérez will finally have to start from the third row of the starting grid this Sunday, having been penalized for having blocked Nico Hülkenberg.

Sergio Pérez did not slip through the cracks. Author of the third time of the last part of the qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix, a little less than four tenths of a second behind his teammate Max Verstappen, the Mexican driver will not be able to benefit from such a preferential position on the starting grid this Sunday. A few minutes after the conclusion of the session, the 2023 world vice-champion was summoned by the stewards to explain an incident that took place in the first minutes of Q1.

Then on a lap coming out of the pits, the Mexican blocked the Haas of Nico Hülkenberg at turn 13 of the circuit traced in Albert Park in Melbourne. The German was able to avoid a collision but his effort was wasted and he was unable to enter the top fifteen in this segment. During Sergio Pérez’s hearing, the FIA ​​commissioners were able to closely study the radio communications as well as the images of the incident before giving their verdict.

Pérez leaves Verstappen alone against the Ferraris

They “observed that the team was focused on the car in front of Pérez which had just slowed down, and that they did not warn Pérez that Hülkenberg was coming behind him until he was a second away”, ensuring that this happened “significantly too late to avoid embarrassing Hülkenberg”. The latter then judged that “Pérez unnecessarily hampered Hülkenberg and sanctioned him with a penalty of three places”.

As a result, the Mexican driver will drop from third to sixth place on the starting grid. A sanction which delights Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc and Oscar Piastri, who all gain a rank. As for the Red Bull Racing team, this situation could prove problematic because Max Verstappen will have the two Ferraris behind him, who demonstrated a very interesting race pace this Friday. The three-time reigning world champion and championship leader after his victories in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will thus be left to his own devices for the start of the Australian Grand Prix.

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