Perez to start United States GP from pit-lane

Date published: November 1 2019

Perez to start United States GP from pit-lane

Sergio Perez will start the United States Grand Prix from the pit-lane after failing to stop at the weighbridge at the end of FP2.

The Racing Point driver drove past it, telling his team on the radio that he didn’t see it, before pulling up to the garage for a practice pit-stop.

As the tyres on his car were changed at the said stop, the rule stating that the driver must report to the weighbridge without making any changes to the car was broken.

Perez was therefore summoned to see the stewards, who decided to award him the penalty.

“The Stewards reviewed video evidence and heard from the driver of car 11 (Sergio Perez) and the team representative and determined that the driver failed to stop for weighing when required to do so,” the Stewards announcement read.

“Instead, he drove on and proceeded to do a pit stop where the car was worked on by lifting the car and all four wheels were changed, in breach of Article 29.1 a).

“The penalty imposed is a mandatory penalty specified under the Formula One Sporting Regulations and the Stewards note that they have no discretion to impose an alternative penalty.”

Perez finished FP2 in P15, one place behind team-mate Stroll, and looked on course to make it to Q2 at the least on Saturday, but he will now have to fight his way through the field from the very back to avoid losing ground on the Renault drivers he narrowly leads in the Drivers’ Standings.

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