Pérez's five place grid penalty upheld
20 June 2014 – The FIA has decided to uphold Sergio Pérez's five place grid penalty for the Austrian Grand Prix after reviewing his final lap collision with Felipe Massa in Canada.
Pérez and Massa collided at the last event and the stewards opted to give the Mexican racer a grid drop for this weekend's event at the Red Bull Ring.
Force India confirmed on Thursday that 'new elements' were available and that they were to ask the FIA to review the decision. Pérez and Massa met the stewards in Austria where it was decided that the original sanction was to be upheld.
"The driver of car 11 [Pérez] contended that the new elements(s) evidenced that in defending his position he was exercising his right, under Article 20.4 of the 2014 Formula One Sporting Regulations, to use the whole track," read the stewards' report.
"However, it was clear to the Stewards that the defence of his position occurred in the braking area. Article 20.4 specifically states that any right to defend by using the whole track must occur prior to any braking area.
"Accordingly the driver of Car 11 was not entitled to defend his position in the manner he did."