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Gutierrez handed grid penalty for British Grand Prix

Jun 22, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

Esteban Gutierrez AP

Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez has been given a ten place grid penalty for the British Grand Prix after an unsafe release during┬átoday’s race in Austria.

The Mexican pulled away from his pit box after his first stop on Sunday at the Red Bull Ring, but was a little too hasty. The team had not completed its work on the C33, and had to wheel him back to his box for them to correctly fit his right rear tire.

The stewards immediately investigated the incident, and gave Gutierrez a ten second stop/go penalty. He eventually finished the race as the last classified finisher in 19th position, some two laps down.

However, the FIA’s officials decided that the team needed further punishment, and have docked Gutierrez ten places from his qualifying position at the British Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

Sauber once again failed to score any points this weekend, with Adrian Sutil finishing 13th in the other car. The team will be hoping to bounce back in Britain, but judging by its current form, it will take a race of attrition to get either of its drivers into the points.

  1. kitnamania13 - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    If they had penalties like this last season, Mark Webber would have been executed by a firing squad at the Nurburgring.

    • testover6370 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      I wish I could give that more than just a single thumbs up.

  2. techmeister1 - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    It’s unfortunate that the rules penalize the driver as well as the team because the driver has no control over the situation. Eventually this will probably change.

    Webber being sabotaged by his own team for several seasons was a disgrace that Red B.S. Racing will NEVER be able to undue or hide from – just like their prolific cheating season after season after season including ’14. Webber should be getting a good chuckle out of Sebs ’14 F1 season.

    Ricciardo needs to get out of that toxic and disgusting environment A.S.A.P., in my opinion.

  3. chrisyurhee - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    The ten-place penalty was for the team not bringing the car to the weight station, not the unsafe release. This constituted his third penalty, which is an automatic 10-place grid penalty.
    I wish F1 reporters would do a little homework…

    • chrisyurhee - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      Sorry, wrong thread! Wrong webpage! LOL
      I was commenting about Maldonado getting a similar penalty (big surprise) in Brasil (2012) on another page…

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