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Perez Penalized Drops to 6th in Australian GP

Perez Penalized, Drops to 6th in Australian GP

23/03/2024

Sergio Perez faces a grid penalty at the Australian Grand Prix, dropping from third to sixth place after impeding Nico Hülkenberg during qualifying.

Sergio Perez lost his third-place start for the Australian Grand Prix after receiving a grid penalty.

The Mexican was under investigation after impeding Nico Hülkenberg during qualifying at Albert Park.

Perez advanced to Q3, the final qualifying segment, clocking the third fastest time to secure his best Saturday result… since Belgium last year!

However, a three-place grid penalty relegated him to sixth, allowing Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc, and Oscar Piastri to each move up a position.

The stewards’ verdict read: “Hülkenberg was on a fast lap approaching turn 13.”

“Perez, on an out lap, was inside the turn, and Hülkenberg had to leave the racing line to pass him.”

“Hülkenberg was forced to lift off earlier and brake early for the turn.”

“Reviewing Perez’s car audio, the stewards noted the team was focused on the car in front of Perez, which had just slowed, and only warned Perez about Hülkenberg being behind him a second before Hülkenberg’s arrival, significantly too late to avoid impeding Hülkenberg.”

“While the stewards appreciate the dynamic situation the team and driver face during Q1, as described during the hearing, the stewards believe Perez ‘unnecessarily impeded’ Hülkenberg and have imposed a three-place grid loss, in line with similar judgments in past cases.”

The updated starting grid for the 2024 Australian Grand Prix in Formula 1:

Pos.DriverTeamQ1Q2Q3Penalty
01Max VerstappenRed Bull Honda RBPT RB201:16.8191:16.3871:15.915
02Carlos SainzFerrari SF-241:16.7311:16.1891:16.185
03Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes MCL381:17.4301:16.7501:16.315
04Charles LeclercFerrari SF-241:16.9841:16.3041:16.435
05Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes MCL381:17.3691:16.6011:16.572
06Sergio PérezRed Bull Honda RBPT RB201:16.8051:16.6311:16.274+3
07George RussellMercedes W151:17.0621:16.9011:16.724
08Yuki TsunodaRB Honda RBPT VCARB 011:17.3561:16.7911:16.788
09Lance StrollAston Martin Mercedes AMR241:17.3761:16.7801:17.072
10Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Mercedes AMR241:16.9911:16.7101:17.552
11Lewis HamiltonMercedes W151:17.4991:16.960
12Alex AlbonWilliams Mercedes FW461:17.1301:17.167
13Valtteri BottasStake F1 Kick Sauber C441:17.5431:17.340
14Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari VF-241:17.7091:17.427
15Esteban OconAlpine Renault A5241:17.6171:17.697
16Nico HülkenbergHaas Ferrari VF-241:17.976
17Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault A5241:17.982
18Daniel RicciardoRB Honda RBPT VCARB 011:18.085
19Guanyu ZhouStake F1 Kick Sauber C441:18.188

Perez Penalized, Drops to 6th in Australian GP. Perez Penalized, Drops to 6th in Australian GP

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