Sergio Perez’s five place grid penalty is to be reviewed, it has been revealed.
The Mexican driver, who was handed the penalty following his collision with Felipe Massa at the end of the Canadian Grand Prix, was taken to the medical centre following the crash and it was reported that the decision was reached before he returned and was able to talk to the Stewards.
The FIA has revealed that it has received a request from the Sahara Force India team requesting a review of the Stewards’ decision in accordance with Article 13.10 of the FIA International Sporting Code, which reads:
If in competitions forming part of an FIA Championship, cup, trophy, challenge or series, a new element is discovered, whether or not the Stewards have already given a ruling, these stewards or, failing this, those designated by the FIA, must meet on a date agreed amongst themselves, summoning the party or parties concerned to hear any relevant explanations and to judge in the light of the facts and elements brought before them.
Force India’s request refers to the emergence of ‘new elements’. The FIA has designated the Stewards of the Austrian Grand Prix, in accordance with the above article, to determine whether or not a new element exists and if it does, convene a new hearing to consider them.
The Stewards will convene tomorrow morning (Friday) at 9am, with Perez and a representative from Force India in attendance. If the Stewards decide then that new elements do exist a hearing will be convened at 4PM Friday with Perez and Massa in attendance.