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.