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Pérez and Chilton pick up penalties for Austria - The stewards get tough on Canada crashes

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Pérez and Chilton pick up penalties for Austria
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Sergio Pérez has been handed a five place grid drop for the Austrian Grand Prix, after being found the guilty party in the crash between his Force India and the Williams of Felipe Massa. The stewards talked to both drivers whilst they were in the hospital for precautionary checks – both released and cleared as healthy – finding that Pérez changed his racing line and caused the incident.

Max Chilton has also been given a penalty for the next event, dropping three places from wherever he qualifies. The Marussia drivers were also called to the stewards to discuss their collision, with Chilton being found at fault for oversteering into the side of his teammate.

Chilton suggests otherwise, saying: “I braked at a point where I knew I could get around the corner. He braked later, there was nothing I could have done. I’m not going to back off down the inside because he is my teammate, he should have seen me.”

The crash brought to an end Chilton’s impressive run of finishing every Grand Prix he’s ever been in, and what a way to end such a statistic.