Perez ‘pleased’ with Gasly penalty

Date published: July 12 2018

Sergio Perez

At a time when F1’s stewards are coming in for some stick, Sergio Perez has praised their decision to penalise Pierre Gasly at the British Grand Prix.

Gasly was in the thick of a late-race battle with Perez that saw the Toro Rosso driver collide with the Force India man and forced him off the track.

Gasly was slapped with a five-second time penalty that dropped him to 13th and elevated Perez to P10.

But while the Frenchman called the penalty “bullshit”, Perez says he is pleased his rival was punished for his antics.

“With two laps to go, Gasly pushed me off track,” he said.

“I gave him enough space but that was not enough: we still made contact and I lost the place.

“I believe it was an unfair move. I’m pleased that the FIA took action after the race to penalise Gasly, which gave me back the final point.”

But despite his top-ten showing, Perez says he was still unhappy with his Sunday at Silverstone.

“I cannot be totally happy about the race.

“The incident at the start compromised my race: I lost the rear end trying to avoid the incidents ahead, spun and suddenly I was at the back of the field.

“After that, our race was pretty strong. We had good pace and overtook a lot of cars. We made the most of the various safety cars and made it back into the points.”

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