Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez has been handed a three-place grid penalty for his part in a crash with Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado during yesterday’s British Grand Prix.
The pair, who famously came together at the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier this season, made contact during an overly ambitious overtake by Gutierrez who outbraked himself, before hitting and launching the Lotus. Stewards placed the blame with Gutierrez, who retired from the race due to damage sustained in the collision, and handed him a three-place grid drop for the upcoming German Grand Prix.
Gutierrez felt that Maldonado was partly to blame as he did not leave him enough room to make an overtake, as per the regulations. “After the restart I was fighting with Pastor (Maldonado). When I tried to overtake him in turn 16 he braked and did not leave me enough space. I was already beside him and could not avoid a collision with him.”
Maldonado saw the lighter side and commented on how he was told the crash looked “spectacular”, and said that the team were not sure if the crash led to his retirement on the penultimate lap, but did add that the rear wing was moving around more than usual, so there must have been some damage to his car.
Gutierrez took a ten place grid penalty at the British Grand Prix also as a result of an unsafe release at the preceding Austrian Grand Prix.