Sergio Perez collected four penalty points in a single race after being involved in two separate incidents in the Japanese Grand Prix.Fernando Alonso under Safety Car conditions on his way into the pits and colliding with Kevin Magnussen at the hairpin.
Following Perez’s retirement from the race Red Bull returned him to the track, 25 laps down, in order to ensure he served the second of two five-second time penalties he was given for the incidents. He also received two penalty points for each, moving him onto a total of seven. Any driver who reaches 12 penalty points in a 12-month period receives an automatic one-race ban.
“It was just a disastrous weekend,” Perez told F1TV. “It all started into turn one with a really bad start and I was squeezed down and I was just a passenger then in a sandwich. I think we carried a lot of damage in the car as well and that just made it a lot harder for us.”
Perez originally retired from the race on lap 13 after taking damage in a series of incidents with rivals. He tangled with Lewis Hamilton on the approach to turn one at the start, suffering front wing damage, and pitted for a replacement during the subsequent Safety Car period.
The Red Bull driver attracted the attention of the stewards as he overtook Fernando Alonso on his way into the pits. That resulted in his first five-second time penalty.
After rejoining, Perez was involved in another collision with Kevin Magnussen at the hairpin. He was given a further five-second time penalty for the collision, but having sustained further front wing damage the team opted to retire the car.
The stewards ruled Perez failed to execute his passing attempt safely.
“The stewards determine that Perez was predominately to blame for the collision,” they ruled. “Applying the 2023 Driving Standards Guidelines for overtaking at the inside of a corner, the stewards noted that there was no significant portion of car 11 alongside car 20 and therefore determined that car 11 was not entitled to racing room in turn 11. Perez did not manage to do the overtaking manoeuvre in a safe and controlled manner.”
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