Gutierrez handed grid penalty for British Grand Prix

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Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez has been given a ten place grid penalty for the British Grand Prix after an unsafe release during¬†today’s race in Austria.

The Mexican pulled away from his pit box after his first stop on Sunday at the Red Bull Ring, but was a little too hasty. The team had not completed its work on the C33, and had to wheel him back to his box for them to correctly fit his right rear tire.

The stewards immediately investigated the incident, and gave Gutierrez a ten second stop/go penalty. He eventually finished the race as the last classified finisher in 19th position, some two laps down.

However, the FIA’s officials decided that the team needed further punishment, and have docked Gutierrez ten places from his qualifying position at the British Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

Sauber once again failed to score any points this weekend, with Adrian Sutil finishing 13th in the other car. The team will be hoping to bounce back in Britain, but judging by its current form, it will take a race of attrition to get either of its drivers into the points.

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.