Perez disappointed by Malaysia penalty

By on Sunday, March 29, 2015
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Force India driver Sergio Perez said that his contact with Romain Grosjean was simply a racing incident, after he was handed a 10 second penalty for the collision.

Grosjean attempted to go around the outside of Perez at Turn 12 but the pair made contact, with Grosjean spinning and Perez continuing on his way.

But the stewards deemed that Perez was to blame and handed down a sanction before the Mexican went on to finish outside of the points in 13th place.

"We knew ahead of the race it would be a big fight to get close to the points and it turned out to be just the case. I struggled with degradation in my first stint, on mediums, and that cost me a lot of time after the Safety Car," he said.

"We had slightly better pace with the hard compound, but in the end it was not enough to get back in contention. The penalty didn't help us either; I felt I had nowhere to go and couldn't avoid contact with Romain.

"I thought it was a racing incident but it ended up costing us a lot. It's a disappointing result but at least we were able to learn a lot from this race and this will help us going forward."

Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg came home 14th and also found himself penalised after making contact with Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat.

"The penalty for the contact with Daniil also dropped me out of the fight for points," he said.

"I went a bit wide in turn one and chose to go back on the inside going into turn two. I was quite well alongside him, but he probably didn’t think I would try to come back at him."


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