It was announced this evening that Force India driver Sergio Perez will lose eight places on the grid of the Singapore Grand Prix following his yellow flag infraction during qualifying.
Perez was summoned to see the stewards after he failed to slow down sufficiently at the end of Q2, when Romain Grosjean had crashed and Jenson Button had stopped.
Perez was also investigated for having overtaken Haas’ Esteban Gutierrez during double waved yellow flags.
The stewards handed Perez a three-place grid penalty for overtaking Gutierrez and five for not having slowed down. He was also awarded three penalty points. The stewards issued the following statement regarding Perez’s penalty as follows:-
‘The driver of car 11 failed to reduce his speed significantly and be prepared to change direction or stop as required under Art126.96.36.199(b) when double yellow flags were being waved at both Turns 9 and 10.
‘The Stewards took into consideration the fact that the driver had two corners in which to slow down significantly and failed to do so and both of which were blind corners (including one where the accident had taken place and where the damaged car was still in the barriers) and where the driver would not have known if the track had a hazard wholly or partly blocking the track and/or marshals working on or beside the track.’
The penalty drops Perez from 10th to 18th position on the grid for tomorrow’s race at the Marina Bay Circuit.