Pérez penalised for changing gearbox
17 March 2012 – Sergio Pérez has been handed a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change after Australian Grand Prix qualifying. The Mexican will now begin Sunday’s race from 22nd position.
Sauber managed 13th and 17th places on Saturday, with Kamui Kobayashi leading the charge, but the Pérez gearbox issue was located shortly after the session ended at six o’clock.
In accordance with FIA Sporting Regulations, gearboxes must last for five race weekends before being changed without a punishment.