Sergio Perez, Racing Point, Paul Ricard, 2019

Perez given penalty point for track limits violation

2019 French Grand Prix

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Sergio Perez has been given a penalty point in addition to his five-second time penalty for passing cars by going off the track at turn three.

The stewards ruled Perez compiled with the instructions on how to rejoin the track after going off at the corner, but did not observe the requirement not to gain positions from other cars.

“Although Perez followed the procedure in the race director’s notes, he clearly gained positions when he re-joined the track at turn five and retained this advantage,” the stewards noted.

“The Stewards reviewed whether Perez was forced off, and determined that this was not the case. Gaining an advantage is a breach of the regulations and of the race director’s instructions (Point 10.6) which states that even if you follow the procedure you may only re-join the track without gaining a lasting advantage.”

Perez now has a total of four penalty points on his licence.

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8 comments on “Perez given penalty point for track limits violation”

  1. Michael Ward
    23rd June 2019, 15:50

    Formula Penalty living loud and proud.
    It’s pretty telling that we’re seeing the stewards on TV now, they’re the biggest influence in a race, it’s getting hard to watch this category now.

    1. Oh come on Perez really cut off a huge bit of track.

      1. The rules stipulated that he wasn’t allowed to cut less of the track than he did.

        1. They also say he is NOT allowed to gain an advantage which he did, at least one position which he did not give back …. fair penalty.

    2. He overtook drivers (one or two) by cutting the track.
      You really expected him NOT to be penalized?

      Such violation is not allowed, and it is not something which stewards came up just today.

  2. That makes sense

  3. Where is Ricciardos penalty? I hope its a stringent penalty.

    1. Two 5 sec penalties for 2 infringements in 2 corners and 3 points on his super licence and dropped to 11th …. not a good day for the honey badger.

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