Sergio Perez has been slapped with a seven-place grid penalty for the Brazilian GP for “reckless” driving in Sunday’s US race.
The Force India driver was involved in a collision on Lap 2 at the Circuit of the Americas that forced himself and Adrian Sutil into retirement.
And although Perez insisted Sutil had “closed the door” on him, the stewards deemed Perez responsible.
The stewards noted: “The driver of car 11 could not reasonably have expected to complete the maneuver. His collision with car 99 was reckless.”
They handed the Mexican racer a seven-place starting grid penalty for this coming Sunday’s Brazilian GP.