Gutierrez critical of grid penalty

By on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Esteban Gutierrez believes that the FIA needs to re-think its penalty decision for unsafe releases from the pit lane after he was hit with a 10 place grid drop for this weekend's British Grand Prix.

Gutierrez was release prematurely from his first stop in Austria - without his wheel firmly attached - and was hit with the mandatory stop and go penalty, along with the 10 place grid penalty.

"I think it’s too harsh as in our case the wheel didn’t come off the car," he said.

"I felt it straight away and I stopped. It was quite safe, we reacted well to the problem so being penalised... you already lose a lot of time by coming back, five second stop and go and then you have 10 grid penalty for the following race, for me it’s way too much.

"It’s something that needs to be revised. From a driving point of view it was not really my mistake, to be penalised 10 places for the next race is tough."

The Mexican driver believes that a fine would be a more suitable sanction.

"I think a five second stop and go was quite already a good penalty, and maybe a fine," he said.

"You cannot penalise that much the driver when it was not really his problem.

"I felt the wheel was not properly fitted and as soon as I felt it I stopped the car, there were no safety issues as we reacted the right way."


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