Formula E: Post-race penalties doled out after Buenos Aires race


Amlin Aguri may have scored the win with Antonio Felix da Costa in Saturday’s FIA Formula E event in Buenos Aires.

But its other driver, Salvador Duran, wound up on the other end of the spectrum.

Duran was excluded from the final race results of the Buenos Aires ePrix after stewards found that he had exceeded the maximum power usage on his car.

He had finished eighth on the track, so he has a points-paying result scratched because of the penalty.

China Racing’s Nelson Piquet Jr. and TrulliGP’s Jarno Trulli also didn’t make it through the weekend unscathed.

Piquet was allowed to keep his third-place finish behind da Costa and Nicolas Prost, but after speeding through a yellow-flag sector of the track, he’ll have to take a five-spot grid penalty for the next F-E race on March 14 in Miami.

Trulli will have an even bigger grid penalty for that event, a 10-spot, because of a gearbox change.

With the penalties, everyone from Nick Heidfeld (eighth) on back moves up one spot in the Buenos Aires results. The Top 7 finishers – da Costa, Prost, Piquet, Jaime Alguersuari (fourth), Bruno Senna (fifth), Jean-Eric Vergne (sixth), and Sam Bird (seventh) – stay where they are.

Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

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SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.