Sergio Perez Penalized for Multiple Incidents at 2023 F1 Japanese Grand Prix
Red Bull driver Sergio Perez found himself in hot water during the final round of the 2023 F1 Japanese Grand Prix, receiving four penalty points for his involvement in two separate accidents.
The first incident in question occurred when Perez attempted to overtake Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin during a safety pit stop. This move resulted in a collision, leading to penalties being imposed on the Mexican driver.
Another mishap followed shortly after, as Perez’s car collided with Kevin Magnussen’s Ferrari at the hairpin. The stewards reviewed the incident and assessed an additional five-second penalty, adding to Perez’s growing list of infractions.
Red Bull decided to bring Perez back on track 25 laps behind schedule, after his initial retirement from the race due to damage sustained from multiple crashes. This tactic was employed to ensure he served the penalties handed down for his erratic driving.
With the cumulative impact of these incidents, Perez’s penalty points tally rose to seven. It is worth noting that should a driver accumulate 12 points over a 12-month period, he would face a compulsory ban from participating in one race.
The Mexican driver’s tumultuous day began even before the race had properly commenced, as a collision with Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes during the initial stages damaged Perez’s front wing. This forced him to replace his car during the moto safety.
Despite these setbacks, Perez pressed on and managed to draw the attention of the race stewards once more with his overtaking maneuver on Fernando Alonso during the pit entry. Consequently, he received his initial five-second penalty.
However, fate was not on Perez’s side, as his subsequent hairpin collision with Kevin Magnussen incurred another five-second penalty. This incident proved to be critical, as it led to further damage to the front wing of Perez’s car, ultimately prompting Red Bull to retire him from the race.
After a thorough review of the circumstances, the stewards determined that Perez was primarily responsible for the collision with Magnussen. Their ruling highlighted the failure of Perez to safely execute the overtaking maneuver in a controlled manner, as per the guidelines set for overtaking on the inside of a corner in the 2023 Driving Standard regulations.
Commenting on the verdict, the presiding judge stated, “The stewards concluded that Perez did not have the right to racing space at Turn 11, as his car was running parallel to Magnussen’s for a brief distance. Perez failed to execute the pass in a safe and controlled manner.”
Sergio Perez was involved in two separate accidents during the final round of the 2023 F1 Japanese Grand Prix and received four penalty points for one race. Perez was penalized for passing Fernando Alonso under safety car conditions on his way into the pits and collided with Kevin Magnussen at the hairpin.
Perez overtook Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) during the safety pit stop and collided with Kevin Magnussen (Ferrari) at the hairpin. Red Bull brought Perez back to the track 25 laps late, having previously retired from the race, to serve two five-second penalties imposed for the incident. Perez also received a penalty of two points each, bringing his total to seven points. Drivers who reach 12 points in a 12 month period will receive an automatic one race ban. Perez initially retired on lap 13, suffering damage from a series of crashes with his rivals. Immediately after the start, he collided with Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) as he entered Turn 1, causing damage to his front wing, which forced him to replace the car during the moto safety. Perez drew the attention of the stewards by overtaking Fernando Alonso as he entered the pits. As a result, he received his first penalty of 5 seconds. After rejoining, Perez collided with Kevin Magnussen at the hairpin. This contact resulted in an additional five-second penalty, but the team suffered further damage to its front wing and elected to retire. The stewards ruled that Perez could not perform the pass safely. “The stewards decided that Perez was primarily responsible for the collision,” ruled the judge. “When applying the 2023 Driving Standard guidelines for overtaking on the inside of a corner, we decided that the No. 11 car was not entitled to a racing space at Turn 11 as the No. 11 car was running parallel to the No. 20 car for a short distance o Perez was unable to execute the overtaking maneuver in a safe and controlled manner.”
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