Gutiérrez handed grid drop for Maldonado clash
6 July 2014 – Esteban Gutiérrez has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the German Grand Prix after the stewards decided he was to blame for a clash with Pastor Maldonado at Silverstone.
Gutiérrez and Maldonado were battling over 13th place when the Mexican tried to pass his rival into Vale.
The duo collided, with Maldonado being tipped into the air and Gutiérrez sustaining terminal damage to his Sauber.
Gutiérrez blamed the Lotus driver for their collision, explaining: "When I tried to overtake him at Turn 16 he braked and did not leave me enough space.
"I was already beside him and could not avoid a collision with him. I feel very sorry for the team, as this is not the way a race should end."