August 12, 2022

In the roundup: Sergio Perez says he ‘paid the price’ for the FIA ​​not removing his illegal lap time after he crossed track limits in Friday qualifying

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Perez frustrated that he ‘paid the price for the FIA ​​not monitoring track limits better’

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez says his Austrian Grand Prix weekend was compromised by the failure of FIA stewards to remove his illegal lap time from the end of Q2 during qualifying.

Perez went out of bounds at Turn 8 on his last and fastest lap in Q2 in Friday’s qualifying session. He was initially advanced to Q3 and took part in the session, before the stewards retroactively scrapped his best time in Q2 and all times set in Q3, moving him from fourth on the sprint race grid to last. 13th.

After moving up to take fifth on the grid in the sprint race, Perez said he felt his penalty had been made more severe due to the unnecessary run he had in Q3.

“I think I definitely did something wrong, but I also think I paid the FIA’s price by not being able to control better,” Perez said.

“I had a tougher penalty than I should have because I wasted all my tires in Q3, risking everything. But anyway, it’s all in the past. We see a bit of inconsistency everywhere, so hopefully we can get some rhythm back and work with the FIA.”

The teams cleared after radio investigation of the formation lap

Six teams have been cleared by Austrian Grand Prix stewards after being investigated for breaking team radio rules during the second formation lap of the sprint race.

After the extra formation lap was called after Zhou Guanyu failed to line up on the grid due to a problem, seven drivers – George Russell, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, Mick Schumacher, Daniel Ricciardo, Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel – were given instructions on how to use their pit speed limiters at the start of the grid, prompting an investigation for breaching F1’s ‘alone and unaided’ driving rule .

After speaking with the team managers of all six teams, the stewards determined that the instructions were authorized by the regulations and took no further action.

Gasly hopes to come out of first corner unscathed after back-to-back crashes

Pierre Gasly says he hopes to get through the first corner of the Austrian Grand Prix “with the car as it started” after back-to-back first corner clashes.

After making contact with George Russell and Zhou Guanyu at the start of last weekend’s British Grand Prix which triggered a horrific accident, Gasly was sent spinning at the first corner of the sprint race of Saturday after contact with Lewis Hamilton. He was able to continue and finish 15th, but later said the floor of his AlphaTauri was “really broken and hanging” after the clash.

“I didn’t really know where I was going and I tried to spin the car and spin it as fast as I could, but it’s all going really really fast and clearly those sprint races aren’t working in our favour,” Gasly said. , who has yet to finish a sprint race in a points position following several crashes.

He said his plan for the Austrian Grand Prix was “First try to make the first corner and get out with the car as it started. And then later, we’ll see.

“The race is going to be long and today, with the damage, it was very tricky. So we have to see what we can do best,” Pierre continued, summing up his Saturday as “clearly, not a great day.”

Yeany retires from Formula 3 tour after breaking his wrist

Hunter Yeany has withdrawn from the Austrian F3 round after a collision at turn three of the sprint left him with a broken wrist.

Yeany was able to finish the race but later medicals confirmed the rupture meaning he will not race today.

In a post on social media, Yeany said he would return to the United States for treatment. “Unfortunately I broke my wrist during the race today. I finished the race but the x-rays confirmed what I already knew.

“I’ll go home to fix it and I’ll be back as soon as possible.”

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