United States GP: Post-race penalties for Perez and Vergne

Both Sergio Perez and Jean-Eric Vergne have been handed post-race penalties for causing collisions during yesterday’s United States Grand Prix.

Sergio had brought his and Sutil’s race to an end on the opening lap of yesterday’s United States Grand Prix after attempting to overtake the Sauber at turn 16. However the Mexican caught the rear of Raikkonen’s Ferrari on the exit of the corner, forcing him into Sutil and ruining both their races.

Sutil had qualified within the top 10 for the first time this season and was in a strong position to challenge for Sauber’s first points of the season. Unfortunately the crash with Perez left the Sauber stuck on the track with severe damage to the front left corner. As for Perez, he limped back to the pits under the safety car but had suffered too much damage to be able to continue.

Following the incident, the race stewards decided to delay the investigation into the incident until after the race as both drivers had retired. When the stewards came to their decision, they took a hard view on Perez and held the Mexican responsible for the incident.

In terms of punishment, the race stewards handed the 24-year-old a seven-place grid penalty for the upcoming Brazilian Grand Prix. Perez also received two penalty points on his license for the first time.

As for Jean-Eric Vergne, his late challenge at turn one on Romain Grosjean saw the Toro Rosso driver receive a five-second time penalty and one penalty point on his license.

When Vergne attempted to overtake Grosjean, he forced his way down the inside of the Lotus leaving Romain with a broken front wing. The damage Grosjean suffered left him struggling to stay on the track in the closing laps and continuously fell down the order.

Once the stewards had completed their investigation into the incident, they decided “the driver of car 25 [Vergne] is considered to be predominantly at fault for the contact with car 8 [Grosjean] in turn one and the consequent forcing of car 8 off the track”.

Vergne’s five-second penalty meant Pastor Maldonado’s earlier five-second time penalty was effectively cancelled out and the Venezuelan was promoted to ninth place, where he had finished in the race before his penalty.

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 56 1:40:04.785 2 25
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 +4.3 secs 1 18
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 56 +25.5 secs 5 15
4 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 56 +26.9 secs 4 12
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 56 +30.9 secs 3 10
6 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 +95.2 secs 6 8
7 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 56 +95.7 secs 18 6
8 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 56 +100.68 secs 7 4
9 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 56 +107.87 secs 10 2
10 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 56 +108.86 secs 14 1
11 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 55 +1 Lap 16
12 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 12
13 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 8
14 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 15
15 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 55 +1 Lap 17
Ret 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 16 Engine 13
Ret 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1 Accident damage 11
Ret 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 0 Accident 9