2014 F1

Gutierrez handed grid penalty for British Grand Prix

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Sauber speedy, Esteban Gutierrez has been given a 10-place grid penalty for next round British Grand Prix following unsafe release made during their pit stops in Austria.

Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber F1 Team principal said the team’s performance was “not acceptable” after one car was released from the pits unsafely and the other was brought in at the wrong time by mistake.

In his first pit stop, Sauber mechanics struggled to fit the right rear wheel and while the Mexican only made it approximately 20m down the pit-lane before his garage realised their error, a mandatory penalty applies.

Following the incident he was given 10-second stop-go penalty during the race, and also will be penalised ten places on the grid at the next round at Silverstone.

“Our work today is not acceptable. Such a mistake at a pitstop must simply not happen. We will carefully look into our procedures and the consequences, and we will take appropriate measures.”

“Today, both drivers put in good performances, but this doesn’t help when we make mistakes. We cannot afford that. Concerning the event in Spielberg, I would like to forward a big thank you to the organisers and the spectators for welcoming us to this great race and creating such a fantastic atmoshpere.”

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