Perez handed eight-place grid drop for Singapore GP

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Sergio Perez has been handed an eight-place grid penalty for speeding and overtaking under yellow flags during qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday.

Yellow flags were thrown towards the end of Q2 at Marina Bay when Romain Grosjean crashed out, forcing a number of drivers to abandon their final qualifying laps.

Perez was able to improve with his final effort, though, securing himself a place in Q3 at the expense of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas.

The stewards confirmed after the session they would be investigating Perez after replays showed him traveling at a high speed through the yellow flag zone and passing Esteban Gutierrez before the green flags were issued again.

Three hours after the conclusion of qualifying, the FIA issued a statement confirming that Perez had been handed an eight-place grid drop: five for speeding under double waved yellow flags, three for passing Gutierrez.

As a result, Perez drops all the way down from P10 to P18 on the grid at Marina Bay, as well as picking up three penalty points on his FIA super licence.