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Perez saved podium in Azerbaijan GP after an investigation

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Force India ace, Sergio Perez has retained his 3rd place podium finish in Azerbaijan Grand Prix following an investigation for a DRS violation.

The Mexican wrongly activated his DRS twice during the race, when it was not permitted but the stewards ruled this had been in error and he did not overtake any cars as a result of it.

Lance Stroll and Kevin Magnussen were also cleared of activating their DRS incorrectly during the race. Perez finally finished third in Baku despite he handed a five-second time penalty for passing before the Safety Car line on the restart after the first Safety Car.

The Force India man was gifted third place in the final session of the race when Sebastian Vettel made mistake at the restart behind the Safety Car.

“It is apparent that to move to the ‘default’ setting if the DRS system malfunctions, requires the team to convey to the driver, by radio, a series of steps to adjust various settings,” the stewards noted.

“In this case, the DRS light came on and as this was the first time the driver had experienced a default operation for the DRS, there was some misunderstanding of the procedure and the driver incorrectly activated the system manually. The system however, was only activated twice, each time for a short distance before the driver and team recognised the error.

“The stewards are satisfied that no car was overtaken through this incorrect use.”

Sergio hails that the final laps of the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix the best of his entire Formula 1 career. “I think today I did the best laps of my whole career,”

“The last two laps with Sebastian vettel were so difficult. I was on the supersoft tyres and had to keep a strong rythem behind [Kimi] Raikkoknen to make sure Sebastian couldn’t get close enough.

“In the end we did it. I’m speechless.” The Mexican added.

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