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Duo handed penalties in Shanghai

Sunday 14th April 2013

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Duo handed penalties in Shanghai

Duo handed penalties in Shanghai

Mark Webber and Esteban Gutierrez have both received grid penalties for next weekend's Bahrain GP.

Webber has been given a three-place grid penalty for his collision with Jean-Eric Vergne after the Red Bull driver looked to sneak down the inside of Vergne into Turn 6.

However, the Toro Rosso driver tried to defend by turning back in and the two drivers collided, with Vergne spinning and Webber sustaining damage to his front wing.

Webber limped back to the pits only for a loose right rear tyre to put him out of the grand prix laps later.

The Australian believes he was not necessarily to blame but the stewards have ruled otherwise.

"One view looks like Jean-Eric [Vergne] is giving me the line, the other looks more like it is me. It compounds an amazing weekend for me..." commented Webber.

There certainly seemed no doubt about Gutierrez's culpability in the coming together that ended his race as well as that of Adrian Sutil.

The young Mexcian has been given a five-place grid penalty after he rammed his Sauber into the back of Sutil after over-shooting a corner.

Gutierrez was quick to take full responsibility for the incident.

"I had Checo [Perez] fighting behind me, and I approached the corner too fast," he explained.

"I was braking at the same place where I usually brake, however, I didn't anticipate the loss of downforce and the amount of speed I had.

"I tried my best to stop, but didn't succeed. It was definitely my fault, and I apologise to Adrian and to his team."

Webber, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button, Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Chilton and Romain Grosjean all faced the stewards after the race for using DRS in yellow flag zones, but all the drivers escaped punishment.

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