BIG PENALTY FOR PEREZ: Mexican Sergio Perez of Force India brings his damaged car into the pits after colliding with Adrian Sutil's Sauber on Lap 1 of the 2014 US F1 GP. He scored a seven-place grid penalty. Image: AFP / Darron Cummings
AUSTIN, Texas - Mexico's Sergio Perez will have a seven-place grid penalty at the following 2014 Brazilian Formula 1 GP as punishment for reckless driving in Sunday's GP here on Sunday (Nov 2 2014).
The Force India driver retired after a first-lap collision with Sauber's Adrian Sutil that dumped the latter out of the race and caused the pace car to be deployed while debris was cleared.
Stewards said later that Perez "could not reasonably have expected to complete the manoeuvre. His collision with car 99 (Sutil) was reckless".
Perez also earned two penalty points.
Sutil had started ninth on the grid at the Circuit of the Americas outside Austin in the Lone Star state with every hope of scoring his team's first points of 2014. "Unfortunately, it was a short race," he said. "I had a good start and was in a promising position. Sergio crashed into my car, which was completely needless.
"It was very disappointing that we missed our biggest chance of points because of his move."
Perez said the crash, in the closest he has to a home race until Mexico comes on the calendar in 2015, had been "really unfortunate". "It's a big shame," he said. "I had a great chance to keep up my run of points finishes and I was determined to do well in such an important race."I feel very sorry for all my fans who came to support me this weekend and I'm disappointed I could not give them a race to remember.