Gutierrez unhappy with ‘very harsh’ penalty

Date published: August 28 2016

Esteban Gutierrez says the decision to penalise him five-places on the Belgian GP grid for impeding Pascal Wehrlein in practice was “very harsh.”

The Mexican racer once again courted controversy when he failed to move off the racing line as Wehrlein came up behind him.

The Manor driver had to take avoiding action, putting wheels onto the grass.

Gutierrez was called before the stewards, who handed him a five-place grid penalty and three penalty points.

But given that Kevin Magnussen avoided punishment for blocking Sebastian Vettel, Gutierrez says his penalty was unfair.

“Very harsh, especially considering that Magnussen didn’t get anything,” said the Haas driver. “Very harsh.

“Honestly it’s up to them to decide the judgement but at least be consistent and they were not consistent.

“I respect them a lot, I came there with the right approach, I explained my situation and I have explained that to you but the final decision was…

“It’s just an unfair situation to see that somebody who had a similar situation got no penalty and I got a five-place grid penalty.

Gutierrez blamed miscommunication from Haas for the incident.

“I didn’t get the message from my engineer that he was coming and then by the time he came from the back he came very quickly.

“I left some space to the right for the same reason, but then when he comes very quickly I cannot make an aggressive move because if I make the move to the wrong direction, it can be even worse.”