Perez handed seven place grid drop for Brazilian GP

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Sergio Perez has been handed a seven place grid penalty for next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix after crashing into Sauber’s Adrian Sutil during today’s race in the United States.

On the opening lap of the race, Perez tried to overtake Sutil heading into turn 15 at the Circuit of the Americas, but instead made contact with the German driver.

The end result was that both drivers were forced to retire from the race, with this marking the third straight year that Sutil has failed to complete the first lap of the race in Austin.

“What happened today is really unfortunate,” Perez said after the race. “I made a move on Adrian at turn 15 when he left the door open, so I went up the inside.

“Then Adrian started to close the door and I had to try and brake later than him. By doing so I was unable to avoid contact with Kimi [Raikkonen], which caused me to make contact with Adrian also.”

The stewards looked dimly on the incident, handing Perez a grid penalty for the Brazilian Grand Prix next weekend.

“The driver of car #11 could not reasonably have expected to complete the manoeuvre,” the stewards said in a statement. “His collison with car #99 was reckless.”

Perez has also been handed his first two penalty points on his FIA superlicense, which will remain for 12 months.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.