After getting out of the box in the first training session and getting involved in the path of the chaotic Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez of Racing Point made a completely incomprehensible mistake in the second free practice of the Formula 1 Tuscany Grand Prix: he braked late and returned from the right rear. Kimi Räikkönen’s Alfa Romeo trying to turn in the first corner.
The Finnish driver slipped into the gravel bed, the front wing of Perez’s car was damaged, they were both able to continue.
Perez 💥 Raikkonen
– Formula 1 (@ F1) September 11, 2020
The Mugello judges have investigated the case, and now we have the result: the Mexican rider was given a one-off start penalty for Sunday’s race.
The stewards pointed out that Perez had been warned by a blue flag from the edge of the field, the team had also told him about Räikkönen’s arrival, and it was clear that he had seen the Finn from behind in his mirror. They added that, based on last year’s precedents, there were milder sanctions for free practice cases, so they gave only one correct reclassification instead of the usual three.