In the Austrian Grand Prix, Perez slipped to 13th place with a penalty

Spielberg, Austria – Sergio Perez slipped to fourth place in Saturday’s Austrian Grand Prix sprint race, finishing 13th after all his lap times in Friday’s Q3 season and in Q2.

Perez cut a corner on his fastest lap at turn 8 in Q2, meaning he reached the top-10 shootout (Q3) with a lap that shouldn’t be valid.

FIA officials said they became aware of the violation only after the beginning of the third quarter and decided to investigate the incident after they became eligible.

At 9 p.m., local time, stewards confirmed that Perez had cut a corner in Q2 and discarded his Q2 lap and Q3 lap. Removing lap times meant he was 13th in the grid.

“Perez left the track at turn 8 on Q2’s last flying lap before the end of the season,” the stewards said in a statement. “It wasn’t recognized until Q3 started, the lap hadn’t been removed before Q3, and Perez had started Q3. This is the result of checking several terms in each session. The video was clear and there is no doubt about the violation admitted by the team.

The team argued that leaving the track at this stage was not an obvious advantage and brought in data to support that point. There is another section and section that is being applied for qualifying sessions.

“This situation, where the driver goes to the next round of qualification and then is found to have violated the track limit, does not happen regularly and certainly not recently. Thus the steward has to be tested as a new condition.

“The team said they both took risks and spent resources to compete in Q3. The stewards accept this point. However, when evaluating penalties after a session, it is no different than any other situation.

“The general penalty is to remove the relevant lap time and the steward imposes the same penalty here. As a result, however, the driver could not move forward in Q3, and therefore, honestly, along with all the other competitors, the stewards ordered that all drivers for lap time Q3 also be removed. “

Friday’s qualifying session set the grid for Saturday’s sprint race, which will set the grid for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

The first eight drivers in the sprint race are awarded points, eight for the victory, seven for the second, six for the third, and so on.

Perez’s Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen will start the race from a pole position ahead of Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Senz.

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