Sergio Perez says he and Force India disagree with the two penalties he received after qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Both penalties were in response to Perez’s driving in a section of the trackcovered by double waved yellow flags. The stewards ruled he failed to slow sufficiently and overtook Esteban Gutierrez.
“Today we recovered from a difficult start to get to Q3,” said Perez on social media, “but when everything seemed to be going alright, we are faced with the eight positions penalty because I supposedly didn’t respect the yellow flags during my Q2 lap.”
“Neither I or Sahara Force India agree with this decision because we checked with telemetry that I slowed down more than six tenths on that lap and because there are always inconsistencies with FIA’s decisions.”
“Unfortunately the decision is taken and there’s nothing we can do about it.”
During the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend Nico Rosberg was investigated for a similar infraction in qualifying but was allowed to keep his pole position after the stewards decided he had reduced his speed sufficiently.
Hoy nos recuperamos de un inicio difícil para llegar a la Q3! Pero cuando todo parecía ir bien, llega la penalización de 8 lugares porque supuestamente no respeté las banderas amarillas en mi vuelta de Q2. Ni yo, ni @saharaforceindiaf1 estamos conformes con la decisión porque comprobamos con telemetría que bajé más de 6 décimas en esa vuelta y porque siempre hay inconsistencias en las decisiones. Desafortunadamente la decisión está tomada y ya no hay nada que podamos hacer al respecto! Caer esta permitido… levantarse es obligatorio!! 💪 #NeverGiveUP • Today we recovered from a difficult start to get to Q3, but when everything seemed to be going alright, we are faced with the 8 positions penalty because I supposedly didn't respect the yellow flags during my Q2 lap. Neither I or @saharaforceindiaf1 agree with this decision because we checked with telemetry that I slowed down more than 6 tenths on that lap and because there are always inconsistencies with FIA's decisions. Unfortunately the decision is taken and there's nothing we can do about it. What I can tell you is that tomorrow we'll fight to recover those positions and today I'll dream of a great race! To fall is allowed: to get up is mandatory! 💪 #NeverGiveUp