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2014-06-20 15:37

FIA TO RULE ON PEREZ: The FIA will review Force India’s new evidence as the team hopes to overturn Serigo Perez’s penalty ahead of the 2014 Austrian GP. Image: AP/Kerstin Joensson

SPIELBERG, Austria - Formula 1's governing body agreed on Friday to hear new evidence presented by the Force India team to try and overturn Sergio Perez's five place grid penalty for causing a collision in 2014 Canadian GP.

The 2014 Austrian GP  stewards considered a request by the team before first practice at Spielberg and agreed to review the decision reached by different officials at the 2014 Canadian GP.

The hearing was scheduled for later on Friday (June 20 2014).


The Canadian GP stewards found Perez guilty of causing a last lap collision with Williams' Felipe Massa by changing his line as the tried to overtake. Perez denied doing anything different to previous laps.

Force India argued they had been unable to consult their driver before the original hearing, because he was in hospital, and had therefore seen the stewards without input from him about the cause of the accident.

Austrian GP  stewards: "The team submitted that it had now had the opportunity to speak with the driver on the circumstances leading to the incident under review and had been able to consider the relevant telemetry.

"The team requested that these new elements, namely the verbal testimony of its driver and the relevant telemetry be considered, and that the decision...be reviewed."

The stewards said they had recognised "exceptional circumstances" and exercised their discretion to review the matter.

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