British GP: Gutierrez given grid penalty for Maldonado clash
|By Jonathan Noble||Sunday, July 6th 2014, 16:59 GMT|
Sauber Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the German Grand Prix following a collision with Pastor Maldonado at Silverstone.
The Mexican ran in to the side of his Lotus rival during their British Grand Prix battle on the entry to Club Corner, with their clash of wheels flicking Maldonado in to the air.
Following a post-race investigation into the matter, the stewards decided that Gutierrez had caused the crash, which was almost an exact mirror of their incident in the Bahrain Grand Prix, which ended in the Sauber rolling over.
A statement issued by the FIA said: "Having viewed all the video available and having heard from the drivers, the Stewards determined that the driver of car 21 [Gutierrez] was predominantly at fault, causing a collision at Turn 16 between him and the driver of car 13 [Maldonado]."
Although stewards have been instructed to be more lenient in terms of handing out punishments for collisions, they will still impose penalties for incidents where one driver is clearly to blame.